Michael D. Sidman, Ph.D.

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PATENT INFRINGEMENT AND TRADE SECRET LITIGATION

Expert witness and technical consultant in 2017-18 to Michael Best & Friedrich LLP of Chicago and Austin on behalf of Dynacraft in patent infringement litigation relating to electric motor controls for children's ride-on vehicles in Fisher-Price, Inc. and Mattel, Inc. v. Dynacraft BSC,Inc. in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Provided expert declarations regarding invalidity of the asserted claims of three patents in petitions for inter partes review before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board instituted trials in response to Dynacrafts petitions for all three patents. Case settled out of court with a favorable settlement for the client.

Retained in 2017-18 by Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP of Washington, D.C. as an expert witness and technical consultant on behalf of respondents Toyota Motor Corporation of Japan, Toyota Motor North America, Inc. and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. in patent infringement litigation relating to encapsulated electric motor technology with complainant, Intellectual Ventures II LLC at the U.S. International Trade Commission. Intellectual Ventures subsequently dropped its allegations with respect to Toyotas hybrid vehicle transaxle motors.

Retained in 2017 as an expert witness and technical consultant by Michael Best & Friedrich LLP of Milwaukee on behalf of Kohler in patent infringement litigation relating to fluid delivery control systems for experiential showers in Intelligent Water Solutions, LLC v. Kohler Co. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division. Case settled out of court.

Expert witness and technical consultant in 2015-18 to Locke Lord LLP of New York City, Dallas and Houston. Client represents defendants, Broad Ocean Motor LLC, Broad Ocean Technologies LLC, Zhongshan Broad Ocean Motor Co. Ltd. and Motors & Armatures, Inc. in connection with patent litigation relating to HVAC motor technology with plaintiff, Nidec Motor Corp. of Japan in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Provided expert declarations regarding invalidity of the asserted claims of patents in petitions for inter partes review before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Defended IPR declarations in deposition. Litigation is ongoing.

Expert witness and technical consultant in 2013-15 to Foley & Lardner LLP of Milwaukee on behalf of Emerson Electric and Micro Motion in patent infringement litigation relating to coriolis flowmeter technology, Invensys Systems, Inc. v. Emerson Electric Co. and Micro Motion, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division. Provided expert declarations regarding invalidity of the asserted claims of seven patents in petitions for inter partes review before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Also provided expert reports relating to non-infringement and to alleged damages for the U.S. District Court case. Defended IPR declarations and expert reports in a total of five depositions. Case settled out of court.

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