Advising, consulting, mentoring.

Our challenges and successes.

Work Experience and Customer Base

Our company's initial success was focused around consultation in the areas of telematics, navigation-based systems, off-board services, plus the creation of driveable prototype systems.

This consulting led to successes in other automotive electronics systems going beyond our experiences in mobile multimedia products, reaching into expert witness support, automotive product development for high performance engines, technical advice and direction for automotive safety systems, strategic & tactical advice and business development for electric vehicle propulsion systems, mentoring for senior technical leaders in new challenging positions, and dozens of advisory consultations with key financial advisors in the private equity markets in North America.

Note: most of the Company and case references below are anonymous in keeping with our agreement with clients that we will not disclose their identity unless they request us to do so. However, in the case of various expert witness cases, we have identified the clients and case name and number when this information is public and widely available on the web. The only exception to this expert witness identification below are those cases where either the case number is not public yet or the information is covered by Court Protective Orders.

Case Studies for Contracts We've Successfully Completed

Leadership for Driveable Prototypes

  • US-based company supplying the North American market
  • Privately held vehicular system provider
  • Creation of partnerships with OEMs and Tier Ones, and introduction of two new aftermarket products
  • Facilitated successful prototype demonstrations
  • Enabled partnerships with large vehicular OEMs and an automotive Tier One
  • Facilitated introduction of two aftermarket mobile media-type products
  • Eight month contract, completed

Technical Reassessment of Product Portfolio

  • US-based company supplying the North American market
  • Publically traded large automotive Tier One
  • Participated on analysis team, evaluating and ranking options for multiple product lines focused on mobile media-type products
  • Two month contract, completed

Expert Witness Testimony for Automotive Litigation

  • US-based company supplying the North American market
  • Privately held law firm
  • Analysis and support is finished; court decision was made in favor of our client
  • Three month contract;
  • Case completed

Analysis of Product Portfolio

  • European-based company supplying the North American market
  • Publically traded large automotive Tier One
  • Participated on analysis team evaluating and ranking options for entire portfolio
  • Three month contract; completed.

European-based Company Supplying North American Market

  • Provided product portfolio analysis of full product capability in company
  • Publicly held large automotive Tier One
  • Made suggestions for strengthening of portfolio including consideration of potential partners & selling of assets
  • One month contract; completed

Analysis of Worldwide Vehicle OEMs in North America

  • US-based company supplying the North American market
  • Publicly traded large services provider
  • Offered approaches to various NA players and supported teaming relationships where desired
  • Multi-project contract began in 2004; completed

Analysis of Automotive Electronics Suppliers Worldwide

  • US-based company doing business world wide
  • Numerous large private equity firms
  • Commented in depth in certain high tech areas prime for leveraged buyouts
  • One month contract; completed

Analysis of Patents Granted to Large Automotive Tier One

  • US-based company supplying the North American market specializing in Engineering IP
  • Publicly traded large services provider
  • Offered opinions and reference data that spoke to the marketability of these patents
  • One month contract; completed

Technical Direction, Tactics & Strategy for Automotive Safety Consortium

  • US-based organization serving the North American automotive supplier/vehicle market
  • Privately held University/Industry Consortium
  • Offered approaches to influence projects undertaken plus methods of differentiation
  • Six month contract; completed

Analysis of Product Creation and Delivery

  • US-based company supplying the North American market
  • Privately held large automotive aftermarket supplier
  • Offering analysis, alternatives & implementation to transform & restructure Engineering
  • Mentored newly hired senior technical leader through many of these changes
  • Three month contract; completed

Expert Witness Advice for Complex Automotive Litigation

  • US-based company supplying the North American market
  • Privately held large law firm
  • Did analysis of public literature & available test data to offer expert opinions as to cause/result
  • Focus primarily on systems engineering, requirements documentation & product development processes
  • Multi-year contract began in 2005;
  • Case settled in 2008

Mentoring on Automotive Supply Chain & Decision Making

  • US-based company supplying the North American market primarily
  • Privately held entrepreneurial spin-off
  • Facilitated successful prototype demonstrations & product evaluations
  • Enabled partnerships with a large vehicular OEM and automotive Tier Ones
  • Two month contract; completed

Intellectual Property of US-based Company

  • Privately held large law firm
  • Provided expert witness opinion and participated on legal team crafting strategy and tactics for a counter-suit involving device/system patents
  • Joined with legal team to prepare for analysis and court discussions and depositions
  • Three month contract;
  • Case settled

Canadian-based Company supplying Worldwide markets

  • Privately held vehicular systems provider
  • Provided leadership and mentoring to understand automotive supply chain & decision making at Tier Ones and OEMs, aimed at electric vehicle market
  • Facilitated discussions to understand decision making process at OEMs
  • Led discussions regarding alternative proposals to penetrate and make significant progress with automotive decision makers
  • Multi-year contract began in 2008; completed

Leveraging Consumer Product Success into North American Automotive Markets

  • Asian-based worldwide company, publicly traded
  • Leveraging commercial & automotive success in Asia into North American initiatives
  • Mentoring on market requirements and OEMs expectations
  • Balancing options between aftermarket and OEM
  • Year long contract began in 2010; completed

Supporting recent automotive wins in call center support

  • North American-based company, wholly owned
  • Leveraging call center background and recent automotive wins into new OEMs
  • Mentoring on market requirements and OEMs expectations
  • Business development activity with both Tier Ones and OEMs
  • Contract began in 2011; completed

Building upon successful aerospace technology into North American Markets

  • European-based worldwide company, publicly traded
  • Leveraging aerospace success into North American initiatives
  • Mentoring on market requirements and OEMs expectations
  • Business development activity with Tier One/Two supplier community
  • Contract began in 2011; completed

Asian-Headquartered Captive Supplier weighing options

  • Publicly traded worldwide Tier One with numerous product lines
  • Provided analysis & recommendations regarding emerging opportunities in the ADAS & Autonomous Vehicle space
  • Using strategic analysis & market knowledge to focus on market assessment, technology partners and targeted OEMs
  • Facilitated discussions to weigh & consider options including M&A potential initiatives
  • Contract began in 2013; completed

Japanese-based Tier One/Two Supplying Markets

  • Publicly traded large automotive Tier One/Two
  • Provided introductions and relationship support with OEMs and Tier Ones
  • Enabled strong partnership in NA market, centered on mobile media-type products
  • Provided advice and strategy in expanding market and customer base plus totally new design philosophy
  • Twelve year contract began in 2001; completed

Using consumer electronics success to enter North American market

  • Asian-based worldwide company, publicly traded
  • Leveraging consumer electronics success into North American automotive telematics market
  • Mentoring on market requirements and OEMs expectations
  • Business development activity with OEMs and potential Tier One system integrator partners
  • Gained access & bid list for over half-dozen Tier One suppliers; won multiple programs
  • Multi-year contract began in 2012; completed

Building upon strong military and defense successful product development

  • US-based worldwide company, publicly traded
  • Using deep aerospace knowledge and product portfolio to enter automotive
  • Leveraging expertise in high performance devices to enable automotive product development
  • Our work focused on market assessment, market pull and targeted Tier Ones/OEMs.
  • Contract began in 2013; completed

Expert Witness Testimony; IP Dispute, European Automotive OEM

  • Defendant is a premium OEM vehicle manufacturer
  • Frommer Lawrence & Haug LLP
  • Area of interest covers automotive user interface issues dealing with invalidity with multiple patent claims
  • Vehicle Interface Technologies LLC v Porsche Cars North America, Inc.
  • Case IPR2014-00014
  • Output included IPR Petition & Declaration
  • Contract began in 2013
  • Case was settled in 2014

Expert Witness Testimony for Japanese Automotive OEM

  • Defendant is one of largest OEM vehicle manufacturers
  • Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
  • Area of interest covers Vehicle Telematics, automotive sensors, on board and off board diagnosis, displays and instrumentation
  • American Vehicular Sciences LLC v Toyota Motor Corporation et al
  • Case IPR2013-00414, Case IPR2013-00415, Case IPR2013-00417
  • Output included IPR Petitions & Declarations including depositions
  • Contract began in 2013
  • Case settled in 2015

Expert Witness Testimony for European Automotive Supplier

  • Defendant is a European automotive electronics system and sub-system supplier
  • Bryan Cave LLP
  • Area of interest focused on design of critical electronic subsystem for automotive infotainment & telematics market
  • M/A-Com Technology Solutions Holdings Inc. v Laird Technologies, Inc.
  • Case No. 14-181-LPS
  • Output includes: expert report, deposition prior to Markman Hearing; Court Testimony.
  • Contract began in 2014
  • Case settled in 2015

Evaluation of IP for purposes of potential infringement

  • European-based company focused on IP
  • Analyzing ADAS product offerings in North America
  • Evaluating IP strength and potential infringement
  • Suggestions made as to next steps
  • Contract began in 2015; completed

Evaluation of IP to impact Company Strategy

  • USA-headquartered International company focused on IP
  • Analyzing ADAS, Audio, Telematics Patents held
  • Evaluating IP strength, gaps, entry barriers, commercial strength
  • Suggestions made as to next steps
  • Contract began in 2015; completed

Expert Witness Testimony for North American Automotive

  • Support on behalf of Defendant, a large OEM vehicle manufacturer
  • Erise IP, P.A.
  • Area of interest focused on automotive user interface, steering wheel controls, secondary displays
  • Vehicle Interface Technologies, LLC v Ford Motor Company
  • Case Number: 1:12-cv-01284-RGA
  • Output included Expert Witness Reports on Invalidity and non-infringement including depositions; support for Summary Judgment
  • Contract began in 2014
  • Case settled in 2015

Expert Witness Testimony for Multiple Automotive OEMs

  • Support on behalf of Defendants, four large OEM vehicle manufacturers
  • Erise IP, P.A., Finnegan LLP, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Jenner & Block LLP
  • Area of interest focused on sensors and instrumentation; participated in creation of multiple Declarations in support of IPR petitions
  • Vehicle Operation Technologies, LLC v Ford Motor Company, American Honda Motor Co. Inc, BMW of North America LLC, and Nissan North America Inc.
  • Case IPR2014-00594, Case IPR2014-0600, Case IPR2014-00601, Case IPR2014-00602, Case IPR2014-00603
  • Output included multiple Declarations in support of five IPR Petitions; including depositions.
  • Contract began in 2014
  • Case settled in 2015

Marketing and Branding Image Plus Business Development

  • US-based company supplying the North American market
  • Privately held services provider
  • Enabled substantial total increase in automotive revenue – both old and new customers
  • Provided leadership in business development for future partnerships
  • Thirteen year contract began in 2002; completed

Expert Witness Testimony for North American Automotive

  • Support on behalf of Defendant, a North American vehicle manufacturer
  • Venable LLP
  • Area of interest across four patents; potential issues of invalidity and non-infringement and multiple claims focused on infotainment, telematics, remote & wireless devices, communication and supporting technologies such as BlueTooth and satellite audio
  • Joao Control & Monitoring Systems, LLC v FCA US LLC
  • Case No. 4:13-cv-13957-MAG
  • Output includes declarations in support of invalidity and non-infringement, depositions plus support for summary judgment
  • Contract began in 2015; completed

Expert Witness Testimony for Tier One/Two Automotive Supplier

  • Support on behalf of Defendant, a Tier One/Two system supplier based in Asia
  • Fish & Richardson P.C.
  • Area of interest deals with claims involving closed loop feedback control of an automotive electronics headlamp system using sensors, data processing and actuators
  • Adaptive Headlamp Technologies, Inc. v Koito Manufacturing Company
  • Case IPR2016-00079
  • Output included Declaration in support of IPR Petition
  • Contract began in 2015; completed

Expert Engagement supporting Automotive Supplier

  • Support on behalf of Defendant, an automotive supplier
  • Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto
  • Area of interest deals with telematics features and OBDII technology; multiple patents and claims involved
  • Root Four Imagination Inc. et al v LexisNexis Risk Solutions
  • Case No. 1:16-cv-03149
  • Output includes: investigations on prior art and case strategy
  • Contract began in 2016; completed

Expert Witness support for a Japanese OEM

  • Support on behalf of Defendant, an Automotive OEM
  • Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer LLC & Janik Vinnakota LLP
  • Area of interest deals with multiple patents and claims dealing with vehicle audio and infotainment systems plus externally sourced handheld streaming audio.
  • Blitzsafe Texas, LLC v Nissan North America, Inc.
  • Case No. 2:15-CV-1274-JRG-RSP
  • Output includes: reports in support of invalidity and non-infringement. Support for Summary Judgment and preparation for trial.
  • Contract began in 2016; completed

Litigation opinions/strategy for an automotive supplier

  • Support on behalf of Defendant, an automotive supplier
  • Domestic Commercial Law Firm
  • Area of interest deals typical supplier relationships in the automotive marketplace; including discussions of norms and expectations around commercial agreements and behaviors.
  • Output includes: analysis of commercial documents and submission of opinions describing typical automotive supplier relationships.
  • Contract began in 2016; completed

Case Studies: Contracts Still Active

Advice to Institutional Investors in Automotive Pure Play/Suppliers

  • US-based companies serving the worldwide market in trading, research, and sales.
  • Privately held large broker dealers
  • Advice/opinion covered many areas including navigation, infotainment, & safety systems.
  • Contracts began in 2003; currently ongoing

Mentoring to Understand Automotive Supply Chain at Tier Ones and OEMs

  • US-based companies supplying the North American market
  • Privately held entrepreneurial start ups
  • Facilitated discussions to analyze company core competencies and potential new product opportunities
  • Led discussions regarding alternative proposals to penetrate and make significant progress with automotive decision makers
  • Contracts began in 2003; currently ongoing

Building on strong IP and unique product to enter automotive

  • US-based entrepreneurial company, privately held
  • Building upon unique system and IP to build and demonstrate strong proof-of-concept vehicles
  • Assembling skilled personnel to bring POC and customer specific systems into maturity
  • Aiding in focusing and limiting scope with best chances for success to maximize return
  • Business development activity with OEMs and potential Tier One system integrator partners
  • Contract began in 2012; currently ongoing

Expert Witness Testimony for European Automotive Supplier

  • Support on behalf of Defendant, a European Tier One system supplier
  • Osha Liang LLP; Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Area of interest focused on automotive cameras, multi-camera vision and reconfigurable displays for the automotive market
  • Magna Electronics v Valeo North America
  • Case IPR2015-00250, Case IPR2015-00251, Case IPR2015-00252, Case IPR2015-00253, Case IPR2015-01410, Case IPR2015-01413, Case IPR2015-01414, Case IPR2015–1415
  • Output included Multiple Declarations in support of eight IPR Petitions; investigation and analysis of prior art
  • Contract began in 2014; currently ongoing

Expert Witness Testimony for Multiple Vehicular OEMs

  • Support on behalf of Defendants, two large Vehicle Manufacturers
  • Hogan Lovells LLP, Venable LLP
  • Area of interest deals with claims involving optimization of vehicle operation using engine control, various sensors and actuators, and control electronics
  • Velocity Patent LLC v Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC; v FCA USA
  • Civil Actions No. 1:13-cv-08413 and 1:13-cv-08419
  • Output included Declaration & Deposition in support of Summary Judgment
  • Contract began in 2015; currently ongoing

Litigation involves two automotive suppliers

  • Support on behalf of Plaintiff, an automotive supplier
  • Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Area of interest deals with multiple patents and claims that deal with electronic circuitry and control of glow plugs in a diesel engine
  • UUSI, LLC and Oldnar Corp. v The United States & AM General, LLC;
  • Case No. 12-216 C
  • Output includes: Declaration & Deposition in support of claim construction and Markman hearing;
  • Contract began in 2016; currently ongoing

Expert Witness Effort in support of Automotive Supplier

  • Support on behalf of Plaintiff, an automotive supplier
  • Prebeg, Faucett & Abbott PLCC and Howison & Arnott LLP
  • Area of interest deals with multiple patents and claims dealing with a vehicle display device, rear seat entertainment, wireless transmission of audio, and playback mechanism in a production vehicle.
  • Johnson Safety, Inc. v VOXX International Corporation;
  • IPR2016-01070, IPR2016-01074
  • Output includes: Declarations in support of two IPR Petitions.
  • Contract began in 2016; currently ongoing

Litigation supporting a European-Headquartered OEM

  • Support on behalf of Defendant, an Automotive OEM
  • International Law Firm
  • Area of interest deals with multiple patents and claims dealing with invalidity and non-infringement involving software structure & architecture.
  • Output wil include: prior art searches and reports
  • Contract began in 2016; currently ongoing

Expert Witness Support for a Vehicle supplier

  • Support on behalf of Plaintiff, an automotive vehicular manufacturer
  • Domestic Commercial Law Firm
  • Area of interest deals with multiple patents and claims dealing with electrical componentry and modules
  • Output includes: analysis of previous court rulings and documents plus reports in support of an IPR filing
  • Contract began in 2017; currently ongoing