Your browser is currently set to block JavaScript.

For full functionality of this site it is necessary to enable JavaScript. Here are the instructions how to enable JavaScript in your web browser.

After enabling javascript, please refresh the page to go back to experts.com site with full functionality

Would you turn off/on JavaScript?

It's a widely used language that makes the web what it is today, allowing for websites to be more responsive, dynamic, and interactive. Disabling JavaScript takes websites back to a time when they were simple documents without any other features.

What are the advantages of using JavaScript?

Speed. Since JavaScript is an 'interpreted' language, it reduces the time required by other programming languages like Java for compilation. JavaScript is also a client-side script, speeding up the execution of the program as it saves the time required to connect to the server.

banner ad
Experts Logo

articles

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering: Product Experience or Expert Experience?

By: James Rice
Tel: 434-326-0148
Email Dr. Rice


View Profile on Experts.com.


Quite often when I receive an inquiry from an attorney about a new case, the case deals with a product or device that involves a very specialized and narrow area of design and engineering. A typical example of such a device would be a vacuum cleaner. The attorney will state that they are looking for an expert who has specifically worked in this specific segment of industry in the design and engineering of vacuum cleaners. They often will then state that they are having a hard time locating such an expert. The problem of course is that in such a very specialized area, such individuals are not widely available and are also highly unlikely to be working in litigation support. Even further, should the attorney be fortunate enough to find such an individual, it is frequently the case that they are not willing to participate in litigation support.

Although I have never worked for a company in this specific segment of industry, I have performed consulting work in vacuum cleaner design and engineering for companies in this industry segment. Why, you might ask, would a vacuum cleaner company hire me to consult on the design and engineering of their own product when they have competent in-house people who have worked on these designs for many years? The answer is that I have a strong technical background and expertise in the underlying fundamental technical areas that the design and engineering of a vacuum cleaner requires. This background and expertise are quite often much stronger than that of the typical designer working for the company. The same reasoning that leads the vacuum cleaner company to hire me also holds for the attorney looking for an expert.

In addition to my strong technical expertise, I have extensive experience in patent litigation cases. Because patent litigation is one of the more complex areas of litigation, the expert witness is susceptible to making a critical mistake, for example, during a deposition. From my own experience, it appears that patent litigation is the foremost area of litigation in which technical issues can be strongly interwoven with legal issues. This can lead to the situation during a deposition where what may appear on the surface to be a relatively straight forward technical question can have critical underlying legal implications. I recall being asked during a deposition if a particular element of a claim was a "method." The wording of the claim was not entirely clear on this issue and a less experienced witness might have simply answered "yes" and thus inadvertently have testified in effect that the claim was invalid. Although the attorney the expert is working with during preparation for the deposition may be excellent, it is difficult, if not almost impossible, to anticipate all of the avenues the opposing attorney may take during the course of a deposition. This makes it all the more important that the expert have strong experience in patent litigation.


Dr. James Rice has over 35 years of technical and managerial experience in both industry and academia. He has a strong technical background in broad areas of mechanical engineering ranging from fluid mechanics and heat transfer to basic design. Dr. Rice's primary expertise is in computational methods and simulation in mechanical engineering. His mechanical engineering practice has focused in particular on the development and application of these methods to a diverse range of applications in industry, and has also used these methods in his litigation support activities.

©Copyright - All Rights Reserved

DO NOT REPRODUCE WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION BY AUTHOR.

Related articles

expert_placeholder

12/25/2006· Expert Witnessing

Guidelines to Selecting a Security Negligence, Premises Liability Expert

By: Joseph A. LaSorsa, CPP

Searches for quality "Security Experts" are conducted on a daily basis by attorneys, V.I.P.’s and corporate executives. Most experts list themselves with referral agencies or expert database web sites. The experts usually list their experience, background and credentials and some of the sites require a fee to be paid by the experts

bursztajn_photo.jpg

5/29/2003· Expert Witnessing

Avoiding Ipse Dixit Mislabeling: Post-Daubert Approaches To Expert Clinical Opinions

By: Harold Bursztajn, MD and Thomas G. Gutheil, MD

Recent Supreme Court decisions emphasize the need to regulate the admissibility of expert testimony by means of standards that require opinions going beyond ipse dixit; that is, that are based on more than the fact that the expert "said it him/herself

stephen_raffle_photo.jpg

5/29/2009· Expert Witnessing

The Role of the Expert in the Courtroom

By: Dr. Stephen M. Raffle

My teacher and mentor, Dr. Bernard Diamond, pondered the question about the role of the psychiatric expert and other experts in the courtroom. My first public presentation was to the American Criminology Society on this topic, and it has continued to occupy my attention to the present

;
Experts.com-No broker Movie Ad

Follow us

linkedin logo youtube logo rss feed logo