Hi-Tech Litigation Expert Witness

John M. Strawn, Ph.D.
Hi-Tech Litigation Expert Witness

Summary: More than 20 years involvement in hi-tech litigation including patents, copyright, trade secret, class action.  15 depositions, 3 times testifying at trial.  This list of litigation experience is part of Dr. Strawn’s CV which includes a separate list of software and signal processing consulting assignments.

Sample Expert Witness Technical Areas

  • software and source code
  • computers, laptops, cell phones, mobile devices, handheld devices (e.g. medical)
  • processor architecture
  • user interfaces
  • media: audio, music, speech, video
  • compression (e.g., MPEG, MP3)
  • digital signal processing, mathematics, algorithms
  • file downloading, file streaming, client/server
  • protocols such as internet protocol (IP)
  • video games

Sample Expert Witness Contributions to Litigation

  • Testifying expert
  • 15 depositions
  • 3 times at trial, including Microsoft v Lucent
  • 9 IPR Declarations
  • Expert reports
  • Prior art research and analysis
  • Infringement analysis (e.g., analyze devices, documents; source code analysis)
  • Source Code Comparison
  • Claim charts
  • Tutorials
  • Markman hearings

Typical Expert Witness Activities

  • Patent litigation
  • Copyright litigation involving software
  • Trade secret litigation involving software
  • ITC investigations
  • Inter Partes Review (IPR)
  • USPTO declarations
  • class action litigation

Expand to see List of 15 Depositions

Dates Case Activity
2015 Blue Spike, LLC v. Texas Instruments Incorporated, TXED-6-12-cv-00499 Deposition.
2014 Petition for Inter Partes Review by Samsung, Deposition.
2014 SmartPhone v. ZTE, 6:12cv350, Eastern District of Texas, Tyler. Deposition.
2013 Adobe v. Wowza, CV 11-02243-CW, California Northern District. Deposition.
2013 SmartPhone v LG, 6:10-cv-74, Eastern District of Texas, Tyler. Deposition.
2012 Adobe v. Wowza, CV 11-02243-CW, California Northern District. Deposition.
2011 Move Inc. v. Real Estate Alliance Ltd et al, 2:07-cv-02185, Central District of California, Los Angeles. Deposition.
2011 Certain Wireless Communication Devices, Portable Music and Data Processing Devices, Computers and Components Thereof, ITC 337-TA-745. Deposition.
2010 Affinity Labs v. Alpine Electronics et al., 08-171-RC, Eastern District Texas. Deposition
2009-2010 In re Apple & ATTM Antitrust Litigation, Northern District of California, C 07-5152. Deposition.
2008-2010 Konami Digital Entertainment v. Harmonix Music Systems, Texas Eastern District 6:08-cv-00286 Deposition, two days.
2008-2008 Nice Systems Inc. and Nice Systems Ltd. v. Witness Systems Inc. 06-311-JJF, Delaware District. Deposition.
2005-2007 Lucent Technologies Inc. v. Gateway, Inc., et al., defendants, and Microsoft Corporation, Intervener. 02-CV-2060 B, Southern District, California. Deposition.
2005-2006 Digeo, Inc. v. Audible, Inc., C05-00464, Western District, Washington. Deposition.

Expand to see List of Trial Testimony

Lawfirm Case Project
Fish Richardson
(2005 – 2007)
Microsoft v. Lucent, CASD 3-02-cv-02060. Two days testimony at three-week jury trial, February 7-8, 2007 after deposition and seven expert reports/declarations on non-infringement, invalidity, inventor not included, defects in specification, and secondary considerations. Patents related to audio compression and MP3 in Windows Media Player. Source code analysis (C, , assembler, machine code). Research. Analysis of German documents. Wikipedia entry on this case.
Fish Richardson
(2007 – 2008)
Nice v. Witness, DED 1-cv-00311. Testimony at trial after deposition and expert reports on invalidity and non-infringement, three patents. Telephone call centers (telephony, hardware architecture, digital recording, functionality).
Quinn Emanuel
(2011)
Motorola v. Apple, ITC 337-TA-745. Testimony at trial after deposition, three expert reports and two witness statements relating to infringement, technical prong of domestic industry, and validity. Patents related to cell phone GPS. Analyze iPhone and Motorola Droid source code (C, , JAVA) and schematics.

List of Expert Witness Cases including Depositions and Trial Testimony:

Lawfirm Case Project
Katten Muchin
(2017 – Present)
Rogue Wave Software v BTI Systems and Juniper Networks, NYSD-1-16-cv-07772. Engaged by defendants accused of infringement. Analyze Java source code involving graphic user interfaces and remote control of Internet hardware. Analyze source code deposit copy filed with US Copyright Office.  Two expert reports.
Fish Richardson
(2016 – 2017)
for Samsung. Patent related to real-time recording and playback. Research. Invalidity declaration. (IPR2016-01524; IPR2016-01712 ).
Coberly Law; Paine Bickers (2017) Artemetrx,  Specialty Drug Solutions, and Pharmaceutical Strategies Group, v. Archimedes et al.; Davidson County Chancery Court, Nashville, TN, Case No. 16-0913-II. Analyze SQL source code and databases involving pharmaceutical billing, engaged by defendants accused of misappropriation of
Perkins Coie
(2016 – 2017)
Crest Audio v QSC. MSSD-3-12-cv-00755. Analaysis relating to claim construction and non-infringement for two amplifier patents.
Denko Coburn Lauff
(2015 – 2016)
Andrea v.
Intervenor Waves (Israel)
and Respondent Dell,

ITC 337-TA-949.
Patents related to noise reduction, adaptive filtering, echo cancellation for speech in laptops. analysis (C, ). Compare versions of . Expert report on non-infringement, two patents. Deposition.
Orrick
(2014 – 2016)
Blue Spike v. Texas Instruments, TXED 6-12-cv-00499, for lead defendant Audible Magic. Patents related to automatic recognition of video and audio, signal processing. analysis (C, , Visual Basic, SQL, ). Declaration. Two expert reports, one on non-infringement (four patents), one comparing versions of source code. Deposition.
Wiley Rein
(2014 – 2015)
Six for Verizon. Patents related to ring tones. Research. Invalidity declaration. (IPR2015-00349, -00350, -00364, -00376, -00380, -00383, -00391).
Greenberg Traurig
(2013 – 2016)
for Samsung, IPR2014-00044. Patents related to targeted advertising, user interfaces, client-server. Invalidity declaration. Deposition. Determined to be unpatentable. Determination upheld on appeal.
Kirkland & Ellis; Irwin IP; Fliesler Meyer
(2011 – 2014)
Adobe v. Wowza, CAND 3-11-cv-02243. Five patents related to protocols for client/server real-time video and audio streaming. source code analysis. Deposition related to Markman. Expert report and deposition on noninfringement.
McDermott Will Emery
(2013 – 2014)
That Corp, US Patent Application 11/445,670, BTSC Encoder. Application relating to audio in television. Patent prosecution had lasted 8 years. Three months after my declaration regarding non-obviousness was submitted, US 8,908,872 issued.
Novak Druce
(2013 – 2014)
SmartPhone v. ZTE, EDTX 6:12-cv-350. Three patents relating to user interface, internet protocols, client/server. source code analysis (C, , ). Expert reports for invalidity and non-infringement.  Deposition.
Morgan Lewis Bockius
(2012 – 2013)
SmartPhone v. LG, EDTX 6:10-cv-74. user interface, automatic call detection, client/server. Research. Expert report for invalidity, two patents. Deposition.
Quarles Brady
(2011 – 2012)
SmartSound v. Avid, WIWD 3-12-cv-00223. Automated composition of sound tracks for video. analysis, two patents (, ) regarding infringement.
Jones Day
(2012)
LSI v. Vizio, CACD 8:10-cv-01602. Digital memory and MPEG audio. Invalidity and non-infringement for four patents. Settled before Markman.
Alston Bird
(2008 – 2009, 2011 – present)
Move v. Real Estate Alliance, CACD 2-07-cv-02185. Real estate sales website. analysis. Two expert reports on infringement, two patents. Deposition.
Quinn Emanuel
(2011)
Motorola v. Apple, ITC 337-TA-745. Analyze and Motorola Droid source code (C, , ) and schematics. Three expert reports and two witness statements relating to infringement, technical prong of domestic industry, and validity. Deposition. Testimony at trial.
Finnegan Henderson
(2010 – 2011)
HTC v. Apple, ITC 337-TA-721. user interface, memory, and caller ID. Expert report relating to technical prong of domestic industry for 24 HTC Windows Mobile s. Supplemental Expert Report. Consulting expert relating to , iPad, and iPod touch concerning validity and power management.
Robins Kaplan
(2010 – 2011)
Fair Isaac v. Actimize and NICE, DED 1-09-cv-00688. Credit card scoring. analysis for infringement (, , , scripting language).
Orrick
(2010)
Affinity v. Alpine, JVC, Kenwood, TXED 9-08-cv-00171. User interface and functionality of car audio, marine audio, and home theater products that connect to iPod/. Expert report on non-infringement, two patents. Deposition.
Wolf Haldenstein
(2009)
Apple & ATTM Antitrust Litigation, CAND 5:07-cv-05152. Analyze for antitrust plaintiffs. Expert report and various declarations, in particular regarding class certification. Deposition.
Paul Hastings
(2008 – 2010)
Konami v. Harmonix, TXED 6-08-cv-00286. Analyze Rock Band video game (Playstation 2, PS3, Wii, XBox). Expert reports on infringement and validity, three patents. Two-day deposition.
Jones Day
(2009 – 2010)
SanDisk v. LSI, CAND 3:09-cv-02737. Attend tutorial and Markman hearing regarding MP3 patent litigation.
Weil Gotschal
(2009)
Samsung v. Kodak, ITC 337-TA-671. Digital cameras in s. Analyze Samsung (C, ) for infringement relating to digital cameras. Study baseband chip documentation from Qualcomm, Philips, Agere, Texas Instruments; register-level code for camera image sensors from Samsung, Sony, Micron, Omnivision; Windows Mobile 5 and 6 device drivers; Qualcomm BREW 2 and BREW 3 OS; four patents involving Bayer subsampling, pixel interpolation; standard digital optical concepts such as RGB, YUV, YCbCr, EXIF, and JPEG.
Finnegan Henderson
(2009)
Voice Domain v. Philips, OKWD 5-08-cv-00701. Declarations for Markman hearing on hand-held consumer devices, three patents.
McDermott Will Emery
(2009)
THAT Corp Declaration to USPTO regarding non-obviousness for audio in television, for US Patent Application 09/638,245, BTSC Encoder.
Fish Richardson
(2007 – 2008)
Nice v. Witness, DED 1-cv-00311. Telephone call centers (telephony, hardware architecture, digital recording, functionality). Expert reports on invalidity and non-infringement, three patents. Deposition, testimony at jury trial.
Fish Richardson
(2005 – 2007)
Microsoft v. Lucent, CASD 3-02-cv-02060. Two days testimony at three-week jury trial, after deposition and seven expert reports/declarations on non-infringement, invalidity, inventor not included, defects in specification, and secondary considerations. Patents related to audio compression and MP3 in Windows Media Player. analysis (C, , assembler, machine code). Research. Analysis of German documents. Wikipedia entry on this case.
Morrison Foerster
(2007)
Seer Systems v. Yamaha, CAND 3-06-cv-07736. Prior art for music synthesis.
Mayer Brown
(2006 – 2007)
DTL v. Cingular Wireless, TXED 2-06-cv-00156. Microphone in s. Research, claim charts, invalidity.
Meyer and Associates, Columbus, Ohio
(2007)
Health Science Products and Kairos v. Sage, GAND 1-2005-cv-03329. For class action plaintiffs, analyze database software before and after release of ACT 2005.
Black Lowe Graham
(2005 – 2006)
Digeo v. Audible, WAWD 2-05-cv-00464. Internet file downloading. analysis (C, ). Apple iPod, Creative MuVo MP3 player. Expert reports regarding Markman, validity and infringement. Deposition for Markman hearing.
Ropes Gray
(2006)
MediaTek, ASUSTek & ASUS v. Sanyo, TXED 6-05-cv-00323. Prepare invalidity claim charts on 24 hour notice. Assist in preparation of tutorial.
Wilmer Hale
(2006)
Information Technology Innovation v. Motorola et al., ILND 04-C-7121. Provide and supervise an expert witness colleague who prepared an expert report on non-infringement.
Weil Gotshal
(2004 – 2005)
Antor v. Apple, Microsoft, RealNetworks, TXED 2-03-cv-00320. Prior art regarding file downloading.
Trop Pruner Hu
(2005)
Prior art involving signal processors.
Robins Kaplan
(2003)
Intergraph v. Dell et al., TXED 2-02-cv-00312. Prior art for hardware architecture, virtual memory and cache memory.
Cesari McKenna
(1997 – 1998)
Lucent vs. Young Chang/Kurzweil, MAD 1:97-cv-10310. Prior art for music synthesis, digital hardware, software, architecture.
Small Larkin
(1994)
L.C. Concept v. Digital Theater Systems (DTS). Prior art for cinema sound equipment in USA and Germany.