Charles River Associates

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“Charles River Associates is an excellent consulting firm that provides high-quality and successful litigation expert witness support. It has a very strong bench of experts that have a broad range of experience, so there is always knowledge and resources to draw from.” With more than 100 collaboratively minded consultants on deck to address patent and IP issues, clients are confident in the ability of CRA to solve the most complex of issues. Leading the team to continued success is “turn-key expert Daniel McGavock. Daniel is a knowledgeable and highly skilled expert who carefully thinks through issues, including any blind spots or weaknesses that the other side may confront him with. He also puts together great reports, sometimes in a very short turnaround time, and performs well at depositions. Daniel has a fantastic team around him who provide invaluable assistance and ask all the right questions.” David Duski, James Donohue, Christopher Gerardi and IAM Patent 1000 newcomer Mario Lopez also earn glowing references: “David is a very smart, creative and polished witness who is easy to work with.” “James is extremely responsive, detail-oriented and has a great command of damages issues. He has strong principles and is meticulous when working up his opinions.” “Christopher is a great partner to have in IP cases; he knows the merits issues and takes a common-sense approach toward damages. He also has the ability to cut through complexities to make issues easy to understand.” “World-leading expert in SEP valuation, Mario is extremely knowledgeable and is a great practitioner to have on the team when determining FRAND strategies.” Other eminent minds at CRA include Sean Sheridan, Gregory Leonard, Anne Layne-Farrar, Gregory Bell, Raymond Sims, Kimberly Schenk, Michael Tate and Christopher Bokhart. Sheridan is a thorough and methodical analyst who understands the importance of communication; he is great at translating complex technology and concepts into easily digestible information. Leonard is a respected academic and strategic thinker with an abundance of experience testifying before US state and federal courts. Layne-Farrar, a clear and eloquent testifier, provides invaluable assistance to patrons across the globe as does the business-savvy Bell. Sims is well versed in high-stakes patent litigation matters; he has been retained by plaintiffs and defendants, so he can see issues from every angle. Schenk is well prepared and leaves no stone unturned to present robust testimony that withstands scrutiny under cross-examination. Tate has a wide range of experience and acute commercial acumen, which sees illustrious names return to him. Bokhart has provided expert testimony more than 100 times and is a top choice in the transactions space too.

Firm Profile

Charles River Associates (CRA) is a leading global consulting firm that offers economic, financial and strategic expertise to major law firms, corporations, accounting firms and governments around the world. Our experts bring a unique combination of cutting-edge research, state-of-the-art methods and proven experience to bear on our clients’ most complex challenges.

CRA specialises in management consulting and economic litigation. Our senior-led teams include leading academic experts and business leaders with experience across industries. Because of our proven skills in complex cases and exceptional strength in analytics, clients depend on our objective, fact-based advice for their high-profile, high-stakes matters.

About our IP practice

CRA’s IP experts advise on IP matters involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyright. We have experience at every stage of the value chain, from IP development through commercialisation and enforcement. Our industry knowledge and expertise in economics, finance, accounting and business strategy make us uniquely qualified to understand and convey the value and impact of proprietary rights in the marketplace.

Our consultants prepare, communicate and defend well-supported positions based on comprehensive analysis and provide our clients with the depth and breadth of skills that the IP litigation environment demands. Our consultants have both ‘real world’ transaction and valuation experience and courtroom experience that enhances CRA’s credibility and depth in both contexts.

Courtroom expertise

Courts increasingly require rigorous economic analysis in the determination of damages awards. Law firms retain CRA for expert testimony and analysis in IP-related litigation. Our consultants provide economic analysis, advice and testimony for IP disputes, including patent, trademark and copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets and antitrust counterclaims. Our experts have assessed damages in thousands of disputes, including civil litigations, arbitrations, administrative proceedings and international arbitrations. CRA’s economic expertise has also been used for antitrust counterclaims, commercial success determinations for abbreviated new drug application and PTAB matters, FRAND determinations for standard-essential patents, pharmaceutical pay-for-delay settlement cases and International Trade Commission Section 337 investigations.

Transaction, valuation and business advisory

CRA provides valuation, business and financial advisory services to help clients execute IP licensing programmes and other IP-rich transactions. Our consultants have a broad range of hands-on transactional experience developed both at CRA and in prior managerial positions in industry, government and academia. Our consultants have a deep understanding of licensing practices and structures in multiple industries and contexts. We assist at all stages of the transactional process, including strategy development, identifying and evaluating licensing opportunities, and ongoing licensing and settlement negotiations.

An interdisciplinary approach to intellectual property

While CRA has a dedicated IP practice, intellectual property is often at the heart of disputes across many of our litigation-based practices. Colleagues in our life sciences, competition, finance, investigations and transfer pricing practices frequently advise on high-stakes matters involving IP rights. This cross-practice approach has broadened CRA’s reach and enables us to support clients with deep industry know-how and a highly tailored, multidisciplinary approach to solving problems.

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