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Expert Witness Cases

With more than 30 years' experience designing electronic, optical, and mixed-technology systems, and 43 US patents issued or pending, I have amassed a lot of expertise in a number of fields, including optics, optoelectronics, electro-optics, photonics (especially silicon photonics), analog electronics, optomechanics, optical and atomic force microscopy, semiconductor processing, signal processing, simulation, electromagnetics, due diligence, and the drafting and technical interpretation of patents. Expert witness work is one natural application, and I've been testifying expert in 14 cases to date, including two depositions and testimony in a $100 million trial in February 2015. I've worked with both plaintiffs and defendants.

As an expert, I get to be "an advocate for the facts". Besides the chance to help people and work with some smart and articulate folks, it's enjoyable because it uses a different set of skills from my usual work. Give me a call or email and we'll see if I can help in your latest case.


Dr. Philip C. D. Hobbs, Principal

Last updated March 27, 2015: Back from trial in TAOS v Intersil in the Eastern District of Texas

ElectroOptical Innovations LLC, 160 North State Road, Suite 203, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510 (914) 236-3005

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ACTIVE CASES


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Industrial Technology Research Institute v LG Electronics, et al.
Jurisdiction: 2:12-CV-00949-ES U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
Work Product:   Assisted with tutorial in claim construction for the judge and with admissions for the special master
Notes: Testifying expert working with the plaintiff in an action for patent infringement concerning the positioning mechanism in optical disc recording.
Status:Expert reports due June 2015
Date: 01/2013 - present


COMPLETED CASES


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Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions Inc. v Intersil Corporation
Jurisdiction: Case No. 4:08-cv-451-RAS U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division
Work Product:   Trial testimony, Deposition, rebuttal report, assessment of prior art bearing on trade secret claim
Notes: Testifying expert working with the defendant on the trade secret side of a $100M action alleging patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and other torts following an unsuccessful 2004 negotiation for Intersil to acquire TAOS. The case has been pending for over six years. I listened to all the testimony in the trial (3 weeks' worth). My own testimony was about 2-1/2 hours direct and 1 hour cross.
Status: Appeal pending
Date: 12/2009 - 03/2015


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Voxpath RS, LLC v Desay A&V Science and Technology Co. Ltd, et al.
Jurisdiction: 2:12-cv-00952-DMC-JAD U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
Work Product:   Review only
Notes: Testifying expert working with defendant Samsung in an action for alleged patent infringement concerning optical storage: holographic optical elements, tracking servos, and electronic signal integrity.
Status: Samsung's portion settled in October 2014
Date: 10/2012 - 10/2014


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Optical Devices LLC v Lenovo Group et al.
Jurisdiction: Investigation No. 337-TA-897 U.S. International Trade Commission
Work Product:   Extensive reverse engineering of accused products
Notes: Consulting expert working with defendant Samsung in an action alleging patent infringement in the optics of DVD and Blu-Ray drives.
Status: Samsung settled in September 2014; case later tossed out due to plaintiff's lack of prudential standing.
Date: 1/2014 - 9/2014


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ThinkOptics, Inc. v Nintendo of America, et al.
Jurisdiction: 6:2011cv00455 U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler office
Work Product:   Three declarations and one response in inter partes reexaminations of three patents
Notes: Testifying expert working with the plaintiff in an action for patent infringement concerning video games, specifically the human interface of the Nintendo Wii.
Status:Settled 10/2014
Date: 11/2012 - 11/2014


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Morgan Solar v Banyan Energy
Jurisdiction: Patent Interference 105,972 (RES) USPTO Trial and Appeal Board
Work Product:   Draft declaration
Notes: Testifying expert working with the defendant in a patent interference case concerning solar concentrators
Status: Settled
Date: 12/2013 - 5/2014


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Yufa v Lockheed Martin Corp.
Jurisdiction: CV-06-3923 BRO (FFMx) U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
Work Product:   Expert report and declaration, including substantial testing and reverse-engineering of accused products
Notes: Testifying expert working with the defendant in an action alleging patent infringement in optical particle counters. This case had been dragging on for six years, but due in large part to my reverse engineering of the accused products, summary judgement was granted.
Status: Defendant's Motion for summary judgment granted 12/23/2013
Date: 08/2013 - 12/2013


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Finisar v Innolight Technology USA, Inc, et al.
Jurisdiction: Civil No. 3:14-cv-01505 U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
Work Product:  Reading documents (case settled very fast)
Notes: Testifying expert working with the defendant in an action alleging patent infringement in optical transceivers for telecoms
Status: Settled
Date: 4/2014 - 6/2014


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Yufa v Hach Ultra-Analytics, Inc.
Jurisdiction: Civil No. 1:08-cv-3022-PA U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
Work Product:   Draft report, reverse engineering of accused products
Notes: Testifying expert working with the defendant in an action alleging patent infringement in optical particle counters. Related to Yufa v Lockheed Martin above; summary judgement granted similarly.
Status: Summary judgment granted in favour of defendant
Date: 03/2014 - 06/14


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DCG Systems, Inc. v Checkpoint Technologies LLC
Jurisdiction: 5:11-cv-03792-PSG U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
Work Product:   Declaration on claim construction, deposition, tutorial, work on expert report on invalidity
Notes: Testifying expert working with the defendant in an action for alleged patent infringement concerning laser scanning and solid-immersion microscopes for semiconductor inspection and failure analysis.
Status: The case settled in December 2012.


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Finisar Corp. v Oplink Communications Inc.
Jurisdiction: Case No. 1:11-cv-04381 U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Work Product:   Invalidity contentions and drafts of invalidity report, reverse engineering of one of the plaintiff's products
Notes: Testifying engagment working with the defendant in a patent infringement action concerning fiber optic transceivers. The case was settled before reports were due.
Status: Settled 12/2011.
Date: 8/2011 - 12/2011


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NTech Industries, Inc. v Holland Scientific, Inc.
Jurisdiction: Case No. CIV 08-475-PHX-SRB Arizona District Court, Phoenix Division
Work Product:   Expert reports on invalidity and noninfringement, reply to infringement contentions
Notes: Testifying expert working with the defendant in an action for alleged patent infringement involving real-time spectroscopic sensors for adjusting the dose of agrichemicals as a function of local plant health within a field. The case was settled (very favourably to the defendant) shortly before my scheduled deposition.
Status: Settled in June 2009.
Date: 3/2009 - 6/2009
     



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