David Smith is an experienced mechanical engineer (MS, PE) with seven issued patents. Award-winning inventor. Vice President of Alpine Engineering and Design, a mechanical engineering consulting company with clients around the United States ranging from individual inventors to Fortune 500 companies. Worked on the development of multiple successful products including among other things: aerial lifts, garbage trucks, thrill rides, ziplines, trailers, oil and gas equipment, exercise equipment, manufacturing equipment, and multiple consumer products.
Graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. Completed a master's of science degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA with an emphasis in product development. Licensed professional engineer (PE) and certified safety professional in comprehensive practice (CSP). Certified trainer for boom lifts, scissor lifts, rough terrain, and counterbalanced forklifts. Over 10 years of experience in product development, patents, equipment safety, and risk assessments.
Experienced expert witness having drafted over 200 reports/declarations in patent cases and catastrophic injury and death cases. Designed and built multiple custom testing devices to obtain data and evaluate opinions. Created multiple demonstratives to explain the mechanics and circumstances of accident sequences and patented devices. Testified in deposition 11 times and in trial once.
Karl R. Leinsing, MSME, PE, President of ATech Designs, Inc., is a Professional Mechanical Engineer who specializes in Medical Device Product Development from concept to production. Mr. Leinsing has been granted over 34 patents (needle free IV valves, laparoscopic devices, needlescopic devices, suture lockers, catheters, mitral valve repair devices, knitting machines) and excels in solving the most complicated problems and design challenges. His company has a fully equipped medical lab with calibrated measurement and test equipment and all is fully documented with high quality reports with pictures and video to provide credible results and easy to understand compelling data.
The winner of five design awards, Mr. Leinsing is recognized as one of the top 100 medical device professionals in the nation by MD&DI. For dedication to his industry, he was made the 2014 Chairman of the Medical Device and Manufacturing Conference in Anaheim, CA. Mr. Leinsing has also been acknowledged for his work in a publication by Life Magazine. Mr. Leinsing offers litigation support services to the legal community. He has extensive experience with Patent and Product Liability cases including report writing, depositions, and testimony.
Experienced Medical Device Experts can assist with a case in many different ways. First, they have industry knowledge of the medical device industry and can assist with prior art in patent litigation cases for example. They understand the technology and how claim terms are understood for one skilled in the art of medical device design, testing, and manufacturing. This firsthand information can then assist with proper claim construction and infringement analysis. Experience with medical devices product development can also assist in determining what is obvious in the field and what is not as it pertains to patent validation.
Dr. David Schaafsma, PhD has over 25 years of experience in Optical Systems, Microscopy, Fluorescence & Spectroscopy, Optical Materials, Lasers, Optoelectronics, Sensors, and Data Acquisition. Dr. Schaafsma specializes in multi-disciplinary projects primarily for the medical device field, involving optics, electronics, software, and sensors. He has worked in diverse areas such as semiconductor manufacturing, telecommunications, and biotechnology. Dr. Schaafsma has been offering expert witness services for over 10 years. He has been retained as an expert in several areas of expertise, from angioplasty catheters to retinography cameras to optical microscopes of various stripes. Dr. Schaafsma is available for consulting, testing, analysis, inspection, reports (opinion), deposition, and trial testimony.
"Experts.com is proud to announce its new member Dr. David Schaafsma. With over 25 years of experience in Optical Technology, Dr. Schaafsma is available as an expert witness and consultant in matters relating to optical engineering intellectual property patent dispute, medical device personal injury, and product performance loss of business issues. "
Security Systems and Electronics R and D Expert Witness James Parker
James Parker has over 35 years of relevant industry experience specializing in Electronic Security Systems & Sensors, Electronics R&D, and New Product Development. He has in-depth knowledge of electronic product design in both Wired and Wireless Technologies and outstanding knowledge of Environmental and False Alarm Immunity. Products, such as alarm systems, that Mr. Parker led the design of, have an installed base in the millions.
Litigation Support - Mr. Parker provides Patent Litigation support to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense and is experienced with civil liability, criminal and patent litigation, including Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs). He has the ability to explain complex technical material in a straight forward manner. Mr. Parker's past clients include Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Fish & Richardson PC, Alarm.com, 2GIG Technologies, and Nest Labs. His services are available nationally and internationally.
Areas of Expertise:
Burglar Alarm Systems
Wireless Alarm Systems
Wired Alarm Systems
Occupancy Detection Systems
Residential and Commercial Security
Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs)
Research and Development
New Product Development
Alarm Control Panels
PIR (Passive Infra-Red) Motion Detection
uW (Microwave) Doppler Motion Detection
Solar LED Flood Lights (Patio to Street Level)
Background - Mr. Parker is the Past Vice President of Engineering for Digital Security Controls Ltd. (DSC), a leading global manufacturer of electronic security systems and components with sales exceeding $400 million annually. He is currently the President at EE-Systems Group Inc. Canada (R&D) where he is responsible for overseeing new product and business development. A prolific inventor, Mr. Parker has been granted over 25 unique patents with approximately 100 patent documents published worldwide.
Timothy P. Harrigan, ScD, MBA, PE, is a Mechanics / Biomechanics and Modellingand Simulation Engineer with over 35 years of experience. He has spent 15 years in Orthopedic departments and the rest of his career in Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Harrigan has done accident reconstruction through analytical and computational models, and extensively used FEA, CFD and, Fluid-structure models.
Litigation Support - Dr. Harrigan has strong analytical skills and qualifications for both the biomechanical issues and the interacting mechanical and electrical environments. He works on both Design and Manufacturing Defectsin Medical Devices, including total joint replacements, IV tubing, insulin pumps, IV fertilization, and heart valves. With 3 US Patents, and having passed the patent bar, Dr. Harrigan works effectively with IP professionals on expert reports Injury Biomechanics and Intellectual Property.
Dr. Harrigan investigates injury and accident scenes to gather relevant data and develop quantitative models for impact injury, blast effects, vehicle collisions, industrial accidents, and premises injury. He develops situation models, accident scene models and device models, and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of inferences from those working models. He's been Daubert/Robinson challenged but never excluded.
Selected Cases - August 2009 to Present:
Investigated and testified on biomechanics in consumer product liability suit based on Chinese-made inflatable pool slide; won $20M verdict in Massachusetts. (Aleo v Toys-R-Us)
Investigated and testified on biomechanics in consumer product liability suit based on Chinese-made inflatable pool slide; won $4M verdict in Missouri. (Grantham v Wal-mart)
Investigated and testified on biomechanical factors in injury, including product, premises, and transportation litigation
Provided expert testimony, developed finite element models, and made pressure measurements on bicycle seats in support of $3+M patent infringement claims in the U.S., Italy, and China
Provided court testimony, deposition testimony, and reports in Patent infringement and validity actions including Inter-partes reviews. (IPR)
Registered Professional Engineer, State of Texas #86769
Registered Patent Agent, US Patent and Trademark Office, Registration #51,784
The process of relating a specific event to a specific injury is often complicated when the facts surrounding the event are in dispute. Expert testimony is often used to evaluate the recollections in many litigation matters. Specifically, some experts will assert that their analysis does not support the claimed injury mechanism
Gary D. Fletcher, PhD, is the Founder and Principal Consultant at RnDDx Solutions LLC, a consulting firm founded in 2015, focused on Industrial Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering and Research and Product Development. In his 30 years of experience, he has been co-inventor on 23 patents for devices and methods in blood collection and processing.
Litigation Support - Dr. Fletcher has subject matter expertise in Medical Device Mechanical Engineering and subject matter expertise in Medical Devices for Blood Collection and Blood Sample processing for diagnostics and therapeutics. He serves as an expert witness in patent infringement cases involving medical device and diagnostic biomedical engineering, blood collection, separation, fluidic preparation, and cell therapy preparation devices.
Dr. Fletcher offers patent litigation services to law firms and lawyers supporting medical device and diagnostic industry clients, who need physical science and mechanical and biomedical engineering expertise for District Court, PTAB, and International Trade Commision patent cases. As an industry consultant, his ideal clients are R&D, product development, and innovation leaders in startup, emerging, and established medical device and diagnostic companies, who face product development and competitive challenges.
Areas of Expertise:
Biomedical Product Development
Blood / Cell Separation
Needles / Lancets
Point of Care Testing
Intellectual Property / Patent Infringement
Laboratories & Testing
Dr. Fletcher is an entrepreneurial executive with expanding R&D roles in business, technology, and new product development leadership and execution, building and guiding teams in both Fortune 500 and startup companies. With a PhD in physics from Yale, he has a proven record of leadership in creating innovative new businesses and products in healthcare, medical devices, diagnostics, life, materials, and optical sciences.