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Managing Director at Berkeley Research Group, LLC
Catharine M Lawton is a managing director in Berkeley Research Group’s Chicago office. She is an IP damages expert with extensive consulting experience in many industries.
During her 35-year career, Ms Lawton has studied the economic and financial impact of a wide range of technologies on product lines, companies and industries – and measured the increased productivity and profitability that they have enabled. Her experience tracks the evolution of technology in the US economy and the business strategies that have evolved to exploit it. From the mid-1980s to the present, she has undertaken extensive study of many important technologies of the day. Her work began with the mechanical technologies prevalent in the 1980s that enabled increased machine productivity, improved product quality and lower cost. This was followed by the rise of automation technology in the late-1980s and 1990s as warehouses and manufacturing processes were automated enabling further productivity gains. During the past two decades Ms Lawton’s studies have included computer software, hardware and systems, internet technology, semiconductors, telecommunications and smartphones that are the cornerstones of today’s information economy. She has also studied technology that transcends time, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices.
In addition, she has also studied the evolution of technology beginning in the late-1800s and the associated technology disputes of earlier eras. In many instances, information and concepts gleaned from these earlier times provide an important historical backdrop and context for evaluating today’s technology issues and problems.
Her clients include small and large companies, as well as many Fortune 500 companies in a wide range of industries. Ms Lawton has testified as an expert witness in federal courts, state courts and before arbitration panels across the United States. She has written and presented on various subjects related to the economics of technology and economic damages more generally.
Ms Lawton earned a BS in Finance with high honours from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her studies also included extensive coursework in economics and political science.