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
and we'll see if I can help in your latest case.
~Dr. Philip C. D. Hobbs, Principal
||Waymo LLC v Uber Technologies, Inc. et al.
||Case No. 3:17-cv-00939 US District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division
||Morrison & Foerster LLP, Goodwin Procter LLP
||Testing and reverse engineering of accused products, expert report and deposition
in claim construction, reports on invalidity and noninfringement, reply report on
invalidity, extensive SPICE simulations of accused and patented circuits, finding
prior art for trade secrets
||Testifying expert working with defendants Uber and Otto in an action alleging
patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation in lidar for autonomous
vehicles. Requested damages are $2.3 billion.
||Plaintiff dropped the patent side of the case 9/13/17; trial rescheduled for
December 4, 2017
||7/2017 - 9/2017
||Optical Devices LLC v. Lenovo Group et al.
||Investigation 337-TA-897, US International Trade Commission
||O'Melveny & Myers LLP
||Lenovo, LG Electronics, Nintendo, Panasonic, Samsung, Toshiba, MediaTek
||Extensive reverse engineering of accused products
||Consulting expert working with defendant Samsung in an action alleging patent
infringement in the optics of DVD and Blu-Ray drives. This related to a
declassified 1963 patent that covers a broad swath of laser-based technology.
||Samsung settled out of the case, which was later terminated due to the
complainant lacking prudential standing.
||1/2014 - 9/2014