Dr. John Strawn, Ph.D. (Stanford, 1985) has served as testifying expert in patent and trade secret cases, conducted extensive prior art searches, and written expert reports, working for both plaintiffs and defendants. He has conducted software analysis of thousands of pages of source code. Dr. Strawn has over 30 years experience in software development (assembly language, Fortran, C, C++, Java, HTML, XML). He is experienced in digital signal processing, especially for audio and music, including audio compression such as MP-3. As an employee and as an independent consultant he has worked on teams in large and small companies on cutting-edge technology. Having been a Fulbright scholar in Germany, he can easily work with source material in German. He is an accomplished public speaker and has published extensively.
Testifying Experience: 19 depositions and 3 trials to date. includes Lucent v. Microsoft (San Diego, CA, February 2007).
In public talks about audio, one often sees a timeline in which "major changes in the audio industry" are said to occur every 10, 25, or perhaps 50 years. Rather than searching for periodicity in a one- or two-dimensional timeline, in this article it will be more helpful to start out by enumerating some of the multidimensional axes along wchich change occurs
Ian Allport, principal at Radical Software & Consulting Inc., has over 30 years of experience in the Financial Services and Information Technology industry.
Background Experience - For over 25 years Mr. Allport worked in various roles in the financial services industry. He has experience in developing applications for many business types and has operated at many different levels of responsibility including project management, application design, and programming. In those roles, he provided technology solutions and was intimately involved in the creation of new business platforms. At all times, Mr. Allport has been strongly aligned with the business operations in companies.
Litigation Support - Since 2000, Mr. Allport has provided litigation services for legal firms throughout the United States and Canada in the area of infringement of intellectual property, namely: Patents, Copyrights, and Theft of Intellectual Property. His cases have included subject matter related to:
Financial Service Applications
Health Care Services
Medication Dispensing Software
ATM and Point of Sale Transaction Processing
Check Image Processing
Areas of Expertise:
Patents - Ian Allport has extensive experience in automated trading, including algorithmic and high frequency technology. These skills have been utilized on cases including Reuters vs. Bloomberg, LLC in a patent infringement litigation and a case of potential patent infringement involving automated execution platforms. Mr. Allport creates and examines claim charts, provides input to attorneys evaluating the validity of a patent, and performs detailed code and processing analysis of an application that potentially violate a patent.
Copyrights - To determine if a copyright has been violated, Mr. Allport utilizes analytical skills including abstraction, filtration and comparison, standards of substantially similar, look and feel protection, virtually identical analysis, and a detailed examination of the processes used in conjunction with the potential violating application. These tasks culminate in a report detailing whether or not the copyright was violated and, if so, the manner in which it was done including the use of copyright case history to highlight how conclusions were drawn.
Theft of Intellectual Property - Mr. Allport examines motives, defendant skill sets, opportunity, and the systems in question to determine if IP theft has occurred. Extensive reports are created based on his findings.
Dr. George Edwards, Ph.D. is an expert in Computer Software, Internet Applications, Web Technologies, Mobile Phone/Tablet Applications, Digital Video and Multimedia, Medical and Embedded Software, and Aerospace/Defense Systems. He has more than a decade of experience as a scientist, engineer, and technical consultant to academic research labs, government agencies, technology companies, and attorneys. Dr. Ewards has authored dozens of articles and papers related to software engineering for scientific journals and industry magazines. He is listed as a co-inventor on two pending patent applications for novel software technology and has served as a software expert witness in patent litigation matters.
Dr. Edwards provides expert consulting in the following areas:
Intellectual property and patent infringement
Software design/source code audit and review
Expert witness and depositions
Dr. Edwards is an expert in the following technologies :
The importance of software patents has increased dramatically in recent years. The high profile patent disputes between Apple, Google, and other smartphone companies have attracted the most attention in the press, but patent battles are being waged all across the software industry.
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The discovery phase of IP litigation often calls for a technical review of a software product. A code review is an activity conducted by an expert witness that involves reviewing the source code of a product to discover pertinent facts relevant to the case.
The situation: you have invested an enormous amount of money and company resources in developing software solutions to address client needs. Regardless of the size of your company, every dollar counts and you want to know that your investment today will ultimately produce a fast, modern, scalable, and correct software solution that will still be usable tomorrow with tomorrow's technology.
Licensing and infringement litigation are two primary potential income sources from a patent. With licensing, the inventor permits the licensee to make, use, sell, or offer to sell a patented invention for compensation.
Prolifogy's failed project turnaround service has generated increased interest recently. Specifically, it was the most requested of all service offerings last month—a fact that surprised even company officials.
Jacob Sharony, PhD, MBA, has over 25 years of experience in Mobile and Wireless Technologies. He is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University, teaching wireless technologies and applications. He also served as a faculty member of the electrical and computer engineering department and director of the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology at Stony Brook University. Dr. Sharony held engineering and management positions in diverse technology disciplines at Time Warner Cable, Motorola, BAE Systems, NEC Research Institute, and IBM Research. He has over 50 US patents (pending and issued) and has served on several government expert panels.
Litigation Support - Dr. Sharony provides Patent and Class Action litigation support and expert consulting in mobile and wireless technologies. This includes patent infringement and invalidity analysis, FRAND analysis, writing expert reports, and deposition, and testimony in court. His deep knowledge of target markets, including telecom, healthcare, logistics, transportation, government, hospitality, mobile commerce and supply chain management, combined with extensive expertise in wireless and mobile technologies ensure innovative and successful solutions.
Philip J. Isaak, PE, P.Eng., DCDC, RCDD, SMIEEE, is an expert witness, consultant & trainer in the design, construction, procurement, implementation, commissioning & operations of information technology, telecommunications & critical data center facilities. Mr. Isaak provides clear analysis for complex disputes, incorporating industry standards, best-practices and over 20 years of consulting & training expertise working with clients located in 28 countries and territories across 6 continents.
In recognition of Mr. Isaak’s professional standing, the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest professional association for advancement of technology, certified him to the grade of Senior Member, a level only 9% of IEEE’s over 400,000 global members hold. Mr. Isaak is also an author of several industry standards published by TIA & ANSI/BICSI, whitepapers published by The Green Grid, and the Data Center Handbook published by John Wiley & Sons.
One of the new terms in the data center industry is Edge Data Centers. What is the Edge? Where is the Edge? Before we begin to understand what an Edge Data Center is, it might be helpful to first understand what it is not.
C. Matthew Curtin, CISSP Founder and CEO of Interhack is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional. An Expert in Computers and Information Technology, Mr. Curtin and his team at Interhack help attorneys and executives use data and computer technology in high-stakes situations.
Mr. Curtin's work has been at the cutting edge of the intersection of law and technology. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit relied on Interhack's forensic computing practice and Mr. Curtin's expert opinion when it established standards for application of Federal wiretap statutes to Web technology, In re Pharmatrak Privacy Litigation (see link above).
Academic references to their work include the Stanford Law Review and university courses throughout the world. Mr. Curtin maintains a regular academic appointment as a Senior Lecturer at The Ohio State University's Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He currently chairs the Recruitment subcommittee of the Business Advisory Network that advises the Ohio Department of Education's standards for technology education in secondary and postsecondary schools throughout the state.
C. Matthew Curtin's services are available for plaintiffs, defendants, and for the courts directly on technical matters.
This book is the story of the formation of the world's most widely-used system to protect sensitive information and how a group of independent cryptographers, civil libertarians, and hobbyists managed to demonstrate the system's weakness in June of 1997, even as the U.S. Congress debated the government's control over cryptography. As one of the coordinators of the DESCHALL project that broke a secret message encrypted with what was then the government standard, Curtin presents a unique insider view of how the project came together and what happened behind the scenes to demonstrate the weakness of the standard and ultimately to usher in the age of unrestricted cryptography.
Suitable for the IP manager or developer seeking to improve Web privacy and security, is an indispensable resource for system administrators and application developers, providing a means to understand, create, and maintain secure Internet systems.
Computer Software Industry Expert Witness Monty Myers
Monty G. Myers, PE, is an active Software Industry Executive with 30+ years of experience, including the founding of Eureka Software Solutions, Inc. (“Eureka”) and acting as CEO of Eureka for 28 years.
Mr. Myers has provided services to a balanced mix of plaintiffs and defendants in over 40 litigation matters ranging from billion dollar, landscape-changing lawsuits between worldwide industry leaders to smaller-scale litigation between individuals or local businesses. Mr. Myers' clients have included Global 1000 and Fortune 500 companies in industries such as Enterprise, Finance, Military and Defense, Transportation, Oil and Gas, Security, Healthcare, and Automotive.
Litigation Support - Monty Myers is a Computer and Software Expert Witness, experienced and proven at offering expert testimony under-oath at trial, hearings, and depositions. For the last 5+ years, he has provided expert witness services for engagements including Software Patent or Software Trade Secret litigation matters.
Mr. Myers is available as a consulting and/or testifying expert witness to assist with understanding the technology and technical issues in the case and providing review, analysis, and testimony (report, deposition, or courtroom) regarding the technology, software, or patents involved in the case. He has worked extensively with counsel in the taking and defending of depositions, reviewing and challenging the testimony of others, and assisting with and implementing an overall trial strategy.
Areas of Expertise:
Source Code Review
Source Code Comparison
Source Code Reconstruction
Source Code Misappropriation / Theft
Source Code Copyright / Patents
Open Source Licensing
Mobile / Wireless Technology
Cloud and Web Business
Hardware / Infrastructure
Contract Performance / Project Management
Adept at taking highly technical material and effectively communicating it to counsel, the judge or a jury in terms they can understand via testimony or reports/declarations
Skilled at reviewing and comparing software source code and functionality in the litigation context in relation to protected intellectual property including, trade secrets, copyrights, and patents and/or license or other contractual commitments and requirements
Able to reverse engineer and reconstruct hardware and software environments from backups, remnants, and fragments of deprecated software along with re-creating historical hardware and software environments
Highly familiar with functional and performance testing of software against applicable specifications, warranties, or industry standards using proprietary and commercial testing tools and techniques
Matthew Albee, CFCE, EnCE, SCERS is a Computer Forensics expert with over 20 years of experience in his field. He currently serves as project manager and lead examiner on computer forensic and e-discovery cases for DataChasers, Inc.
Background Experience - Since 1996, Mr. Albee has been a Special Agent for the State of California Franchise Tax Board and the Board of Equalization where his responsibilities include equipping and maintaining the computer forensic laboratory, and conducting investigations that involved financial and computer crimes. Since 2012, he has served as a Course Evaluator /Subject Matter Expert for the Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance (ATA), Diplomatic Security Service, United States Department of State.
Mr. Albee's experience with computer forensics runs the gamut from individual PCs to major corporations(references available), and includes every level and scope of examination. He has consulted to both public and private organizations and maintain a complete computer forensics laboratory.
Litigation Support - Matthew Albee has the distinction of having served as Special Master to Federal Court, as well as being the expert of record in numerous Superior and Municipal courts. He has extensive litigation experience as an expert witness and have testified for both civil and criminal cases. Mr. Albee has experience with employment law, family law, and criminal law cases.
Oded Gottesman, PhD, CTO of Compandent Inc., technology IP expert witness in such areas as telecommunications, cellular phone, and signal processing, provides technology expert witness services, prior art search, and consulting for Technology Patent Infringement, Patent Invalidity, Trade Secret Disputes, source code review, hardware analysis, and related matters. Dr. Gottesman has more than 17 years of experience as an expert witness, deposed 14 times, testified 6 times in Jury trial and 2 times in ITC trial, worked on IPR and Ex Parte Reexamination petitions, and wrote numerous reports. Among his areas of expertise are:
DSP Digital Signal Processing
Cellular Networks (4G LTE, 3GPP, GSM)
Streaming audio, streaming video
Cellular Timing and Synchronization
Location and Position Systems (UTDOA, GPS, etc.)
Error Control Coding
Speech Coding, voice compression, vocoder, Audio Compression, and Video Compression, codec (MPEG, AAC, AMR)
Signal Compression and Signal Enhancement
Computer Software, and Algorithms
Smartphones, Portable Devices
Litigation Support - Dr. Gottesman has more than 20 years of experience as an expert witness, deposed 16 times, testified 6 times in Jury trial and 2 times in ITC trial, worked on IPR and Ex Parte Reexamination petitions, and wrote numerous reports.
Howard J. Cohen, PhD, has over 30 years of experience in Software Engineering, Architecture and Implementation. He possesses particular expertise in Algorithms, Relational Databases, Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) and Software Applications in general. His experience has been in a broad spectrum of technology, in several languages, in a wide variety of applications, and on multiple platforms. Dr. Cohen's background includes Electronic Design Automation, Bioinformatics, Digital Cartography, Banking Systems for Foreign Exchange Traders, and many more. He is the co-inventor on approximately 120 patents.
Dr. Cohen has over 15 years of experience as an Expert Witness. He possesses excellent written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to express himself well in interpersonal contacts, make presentations to large audiences, explain complex concepts clearly, and write well on levels ranging from the scientific to end user documentation. He is available to analyze complex systems, to write clearly about technical issues, and communicate face-to-face in a manner appropriate for any audience to understand the issues, the technology and the point of view. Dr. Cohen has been deposed and testified at arbitration hearings and in Federal Court.
Dr. Stephen Castell, Chartered Information Systems Practitioner and Member of the Expert Witness Institute, is Chairman of CASTELL Consulting. He is an internationally acknowledged Independent Computer Expert who has been involved in a wide range of computer litigation over many years. CASTELL Consulting, currently in its twenty-fifth year, provides independent professional consultancy and expert services in Computer Systems, Software, Project Management, Strategy, and Contract Disputes, to a wide variety of international clients and companies. As an Expert Witness in computer litigation, Dr. Castell has acted in over 100 major cases including the largest and longest computer software actions to have come to trial in the English High Court. He is the author of the best-selling Computer Bluff (1983), and of The APPEAL Report (1990) on the admissibility of computer evidence in court and the 'legal reliability' of information systems and technologies (with the CCTA).
In a recent trial, in which I acted as an expert witness, some notable differences appeared to me to emerge, as between UK and USA judicial standards and practices, in regard to the role, obligations, testimony, presentation and rigor of digital forensics expert findings.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) includes in its provisions Article 17, the Right to be Forgotten, which could potentially be a formidable barrier to the ubiquitous introduction of cryptographic blockchain software and technology.
The new government has announced the areas that it has identified for dramatic cuts in public spending. One of the most effective reductions should be derived through more professional, better-managed government IT spending.
You are an established, reputable, medium-sized corporation. A year ago your board decided to upgrade your existing computer systems by buying a 'unified package', 'lightly-customised', from a 'solution provider'.
Software implementation contracts are frequently terminated with the software rejected amidst allegations from both supplier and customer, e.g. software/database errors/deficiencies, faulty design, shifting user/business requirements. An important technical issue on which the IT Expert appointed in such disputes is asked to give an expert opinion is: what was the quality of the delivered software and was it fit for purpose?
Disputes over failed software construction projects raise interlinked technical and legal issues which are complex, costly, and time-consuming to unravel – whatever the financial size of the claims and counterclaims, the facts and circumstances of the contract between the parties, or the conduct of the software development
Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation (CTO) 2nd Annual Investing In ICTs In Emerging Markets: Examining Business & Investment Opportunities In Developing Economies. 9th & 10th December 2009, Inmarsat Conference Center, London, UK
The findings of this expert investigation were clearly reported by Dr Castell to the court and (most unusually) were fully accepted by the Prosecution without any need for cross-examination, assisting in achieving a Not Guilty verdict from the Jury.
Brooks Hilliard, CMC, CCP is the only actively practicing expert witness in the world who is both a Certified Management Consultant and a Certified Computing Professional specializing in computer system selection and problem resolution. He has testified more than 30 times as a computer expert witness and has been engaged on more than 90 such matters for both plaintiffs and defendants. Mr. Hillard has done expert witness and consulting assignments in 25 states, and has qualified as an expert witness on computer software and hardware (including ERP, SCM and CRM systems) in both state and federal litigation. His expert witness engagements have included courtroom and deposition testimony in lawsuits, arbitrations, mediations and formal governmental hearings.
Areas of Expertise:
Allegations of ERP and CRM system failures and/or defective business software/systems
Valuation of computer hardware, software and services
An property and casualty insurance agency acting as a managing general agent for several insurance lines sold through sub-agents throughout the United States had agreed to license a comprehensive agency management system from a developer of such software specifically developed for managing general agencies.
John Peck has over 25 years of experience as a Software and Hardware Engineer, with over 10 years of experience as a technical analyst for hardware and software Intellectual Property matters. Through his experience as an inventor, he has been granted 10 United States patents.
Background Experience: Mr. Peck's prior hardware engineering experience includes system architecture, digital design, design verification, design methodology automation, FPGAs, ASICs, and complex SoCs using in IoT applications such as smart power meters. He also has a solid background in software engineering, including video game development, firmware, EDA tools, and system validation environments.
Litigation Support: Mr. Peck has drafted numerous claim charts and prepared expert reports for software copyright, trade secret, and patent litigation. Representing attorneys for plaintiff and defendant, he is comfortable researching and expressing complex technical issues.
Ideal clients are attorneys who need to understand how complex systems operate on the basis of produced source code. Mr. Peck is able to rapidly understand complex technical systems, identify gaps in source code productions, and explain source code operation in a way that most people can understand. His work products are highly detailed in their description of system operation, source code references, and claim mapping.
To date, Mr. Peck has consulted on a total of 21 cases.
Consultant and analyst for multiple ITC 337 investigations
Software source code analysis for litigation including alleged copyright violation and trade secret theft
Hardware HDL/RTL source code and schematic analysis for litigation matters including patent infringement
Patent evidence of use
Reverse engineering of software on mobile, desktop, and server platforms
Performed software and hardware IP analysis and composed expert reports regarding patents, trade secrets, and copyright matters
Ran CodeSuite® and analyzed software source code correlations
Reviewed client portfolio patents to determine likelihood of infringing use based on publicly available information
Developed source code comparison and analysis tools
MS, Computer Science, University of California, Los Angeles
BS, Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University