This case involves an intellectual property dispute involving two domestic manufacturers of inflatable mattresses. The plaintiff manufacturer accused the defendant of infringing on patents concerning tension structure design, which maintained the structural integrity of the inflatable product. An expert engineer familiar with the design and development of these products was sought to review the two products in question and opine on whether the tension mechanisms used in these products differed.
Question(s) For Expert Witness
1. Please describe your experience as it relates to the structural integrity of inflatables.
Expert Witness Response E-008322
I am an award-winning professor of mechanical engineering, a licensed professional engineer, and a certified manufacturing engineer. I have been doing research in the area inflatable structures and in particular the fabric that is used to inflate the structure for the past 14 years. I am also very familiar with the tension mechanisms and structural integrity. I have published 10+ papers in the area, and I have 3 patents for testing the fixtures of the inflatable structures. Additionally, I have served as an expert on several patent infringement cases in the past.