Charles River Associates

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Economics and business consulting powerhouse Charles River Associates has a superb reputation for its work across all stages of the IP value chain. Its professionals bring a high degree of industry knowledge to the table, along with ample courtroom experience, enabling them to dial in their testimony with precision and persuasiveness. At the forefront of the ensemble is Daniel McGavock, who is enthusiastically endorsed: “Daniel is exceptionally sharp on all issues, creative in his approach to problem solving and unflappable on cross-examination. He is meticulous in his preparations and he digs deep into complicated facts. His fees are also reasonable, based on the value and quality he supplies.” Other accomplished experts include Sean SheridanKim SchenkJames DonohueGregory Leonard and Christopher Gerardi, all of whom receive outstanding feedback. “Sean is terrific. He is practical, smart, incisive and a pleasure to work with. He has a thorough knowledge of accounting and financial principles, as well as relevant ITC case law regarding domestic industry, remedy and bonding. His expert reports and testimonies are also top notch.” “Kimberley is the best financial expert I have worked with in a dozen years of practice. She is brilliant yet so humble, easy to work with and relentless in researching and preparing the best damages case possible. I constantly feel fortunate I have her as my expert witness. In one case she helped craft a first-of-its-kind damages analysis that withstood a multi-hour cross-examination and held up on appeal. I was amazed watching her trial testimony, as she easily explained the model to the jury and, on cross-examination, was untouchable”, enthuses one client. “James is highly practical, reliable, diligent, creative and intelligent in his approach to all matters. James belongs at the top of anyone’s list when conducting patent damage analysis.” “Gregory is an exceptionally deep thinker who has become really prominent on the West Coast. He also does great research and academic work.” “Christopher is an incredibly well-versed, experienced, bright guy when it comes to IP. There is always a well-conceived methodology and analytical process to his work. He is outstanding.” Other household names include Raymond SimsMichael TateChristopher BokhartGregory Bell, and Anne Layne-Farrar. The “super smart” Sims has over 35 years of consulting experience, during which he has served as an expert witness in over 200 patent litigation matters. Tate is equally seasoned and takes on high-profile disputes for prestigious companies such as Samsung and Amgen. Bokhart, who has recently served as a damages expert for Meta, has refined litigation and transactions skills. Bell leads the life sciences and is ideally situated for pharmaceutical disputes that are global in nature. Layne-Farrar is the go-to name for cases involving complex and blended IP and antitrust issues. Charles River recently unveiled David Duski as its new signing. “David is a leader in his field and has established himself as a top-flight expert in forensic investigations and litigation services. He’s careful, likeable, creative and credible. He holds up extremely well under cross-examination and has no difficulty surviving Daubert challenges.”

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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