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In the spring of 2017, I was approached by lawyers from two technology companies working in civil avionics (instruments for airplanes). I can't say who they were due to NDA restrictions, but the job was an unusual and interesting one. The two companies had been joint development partners, but the relationship had soured and trust had now broken down completely. Both were concerned that the other was misusing intellectual property disclosed during the joint venture, and they asked me to do do an audit to see whether this was in fact true. The situation was made more complicated because one company was several hundred times as large as the other, and of course there was no court-ordered discovery and no one was under oath.
Sometimes the expert has to tell the client that their case probably won't hold up. This case was an excellent example: University of Cincinnati v. Crayola, Inc.
January 2013 - June 2015.
I'm testifying in my first trial, as an expert witness on the trade secret side of a complicated lawsuit alleging patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, among other things. As a technical expert, I have to sit through the whole three-week trial to make sure I don't miss any relevant testimony, even though I'll probably be on the stand for no more than three or four hours. It's actually pretty interesting.