Charles River Associates

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Among consulting firms, CRA is virtually unrivalled in terms of its depth in intellectual property: those looking to it for expert testimony and analysis in patent and other IP suits have their choice of some 100-plus professionals who have done themselves and their clients proud in complex and high-stakes infringement disputes. They bring industry knowledge along with comprehensive economics, finance, accounting and business strategy know-how to each courtroom engagement, drawing judiciously on their transactions and valuation experience. The organisation also derives strength from close integration of its IP, competition, finance and transfer pricing practices, which helps it to address intersectional issues with maturity. Front and centre is Daniel McGavock, whose vast experience in litigation and non-litigation contexts gives him high-level strategic and business insight. As a testifying expert, he works with exceptional efficiency. Two of the best-known CRA experts alongside McGavock are Michael Tate and Raymond Sims, who have chalked up nearly seven decades in the game between them. Tate analyses the densest financial data with crystal clarity to emerge with accurate damages calculations. A veteran of more than 70 trials, the tried-and-tested Sims always come through with flying colours. Christopher Gerardi and Gregory Leonard are likewise heavyweights with sterling reputations. Gerardi can pinpoint exactly where the law stands on patent damages at any time, so his theories never lag the market. Leonard is steeped in antitrust and IP law and a leading authority on their intersection; as is Anne Layne-Farrar, who is further distinguished by her global perspective. The organisation is well placed for life sciences mandates, the main draw here being Gregory Bell. He regularly appears as an expert witness in US and international proceedings, but plays a much wider role for clients as a business strategist. Robert Maness has a pharmaceutical research background and knows the industry inside out, too. Like their colleagues, Kimberly Schenk and Sean Sheridan aren’t limited by sector, but have also handled weighty pharmaceutical and biotechnology cases. They both have a flair for IP valuation; as do James Donohue and transactional ace Christopher J Bokhart.

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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