Our litigation experience includes patent, copyright, and trademark infringement allegations, as well as matters involving theft of trade secrets and breach of technology agreements. We have advised clients on matters in federal, state, and international courts; arbitrations; and at the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Our extensive network includes top experts from academia and industry.

Our extensive network includes top experts from academia and industry.

Ravi Dhar

George Rogers Clark Professor of Management and Marketing,
Director, Center for Customer Insights,
Yale School of Management;
Professor of Psychology, Yale University

Ravi Dhar is involved in pioneering work in understanding the different factors that influence how consumers think and decide. He has provided expert testimony in numerous trials and depositions, including cases involving surveys related to consumer behavior, allegations of defective products, trademark infringement, and the likelihood of product confusion.

Professor Dhar has also served as a consultant to dozens of Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries, among them financial services, healthcare, high tech, and luxury goods. He consults on developing best practices for generating and using customer insights.

Professor Dhar has published more than sixty articles and serves on the editorial boards of several leading marketing journals. The American Marketing Association recently ranked Professor Dhar as the most productive scholar publishing in premier marketing journals from 2009 through 2013.

His research and teaching have been honored with various awards, including the Distinguished Scientific Accomplishment Award of the Society for Consumer Psychology, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Management, and the Yale School of Management Alumni Association Teaching Award. His work is frequently mentioned in Businessweek, the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street JournalThe EconomistUSA Today, and other media

Our extensive network includes top experts from academia and industry.

Michael C. Keeley

Senior Advisor

Michael Keeley provides economic, financial, and statistical consulting and expert testimony. He has consulted and served as an expert in a variety of cases, including antitrust, intellectual property, product misrepresentation and consumer fraud, securities fraud, breach of contract, and environmental matters. He also has served as an expert and consultant on class certification in antitrust, fraud, product misrepresentation, and breach of contract matters. Dr. Keeley has provided business consulting on pricing, auction design, and strategy as well as public policy consulting on a variety of issues involving energy, labor, and financial regulation. He has worked on cases in a range of industries, including oil and gas, healthcare, computer software and hardware, medical devices, automotive, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, financial, and real estate.

Dr. Keeley joined Cornerstone Research in 1989 and has played leading roles in the firm’s work in antitrust and intellectual property matters. He has testified in more than twenty cases at trial and arbitration. Prior to joining Cornerstone Research, he was a Research Officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and before that, he headed Stanford Research Institute’s Antitrust Economics Consulting Group. Dr. Keeley has also taught economics at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Dr. Keeley has published his research in major economics and finance journals. He was awarded the Garn Prize for his research on bank risk taking, and selected for Who’s Who in Economics based on citations of his research. Dr. Keeley is recognized by Who’s Who Legal as a leading competition economist. In 2015, 2016, and 2017, the IAM Patent 1000 named Dr. Keeley as a leading U.S. expert on patent issues.

Antitrust litigation

Dr. Keeley has served as an expert in more than thirty cases dealing with a variety of antitrust issues, including price fixing, monopolization, tying, bundling, exclusive dealing, predatory pricing, price discrimination, mergers, and class certification. He has served as an expert in cases such as People of the State of California et al. v. Chevron Corporation et al. (MDL 150), Aguilar v. Atlantic Richfield Corporation et al.Mozart v. Mercedes-Benz, and In re Flash Memory Antitrust Litigation. He also has served as a consultant on several prominent cases, including In re Cigarette Antitrust LitigationIn re High Fructose Corn Syrup Antitrust Litigation, and In re Compensation of Managerial, Professional and Technical Employees Antitrust Litigation.

Class certification

Dr. Keeley has provided testimony and consulting related to class certification in antitrust, disclosure, product misrepresentation, and breach of contract matters. His cases have involved financial products, pharmaceutical products, medical devices, cigarettes, chemical products, labor markets, crude oil, computer software and hardware, semiconductors, Internet marketing, and gasoline marketing. Dr. Keeley’s recent class certification work includes the Neurontin Off-Label Marketing cases, the fixed-index annuity litigation, and In re Flash Memory Antitrust Litigation.

Intellectual property litigation

Dr. Keeley has served as an expert in patent, copyright, trade secret, trademark, and trade dress infringement matters; assessed damages in matters involving alleged breaches of technology sharing agreements; addressed economic issues in Section 337 cases before the International Trade Commission; and addressed tax issues in cases involving technology transfer and licensing. He has served as an expert in more than twenty-five intellectual property cases, including Power Integrations, Inc. v. Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc. and Fairchild Semiconductor CorporationBrandeis University and GFA Brands, Inc. v. Keebler Co. et al.Monsanto Co. v. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co.LG. Philips LCD Co., Ltd. v. Tatung Co. of America et al., and Verizon Services Corp. et al v. Cox Fibernet Virginia, Inc., et al.  Dr. Keeley consults with intellectual property owners, has helped negotiate licenses, is a member of the Licensing Executives Society, and authored “Infringement: Valuing IP for Damages,” which appeared in les Nouvelles.

Our extensive network includes top experts from academia and industry.

John R. Hauser

Kirin Professor of Marketing,
MIT Sloan School of Management,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

John Hauser is an expert in survey design, demand forecasting, product confusion, product feature valuation, and measurement of consumer preferences, beliefs, and willingness to pay. Professor Hauser has testified in more than seventy-five antitrust, consumer fraud, product liability, and intellectual property matters. His industry expertise includes consumer goods, entertainment, insurance, high tech, pharmaceuticals, and telecommunications.

In his research, Professor Hauser addresses issues of new product and service development, marketing management, and competitive strategy. He has applied sophisticated statistical and market research techniques, including machine learning and conjoint analyses, to examine consumer purchasing decisions.

Professor Hauser has coauthored two textbooks, Essentials of New Product Management and Design and Marketing of New Products; the latter ranked as one of the most-cited works in the Journal of Product Innovation over a twenty-year period. Professor Hauser was the editor of Marketing Science, departmental editor at Management Science, and associate editor at the Journal of Marketing Research.

Among his numerous honors, Professor Hauser received the Buck Weaver Award from the INFORMS Society for Marketing Science, which recognizes lifetime contributions to the theory and practice of marketing science. The American Marketing Association honored him with the Churchill Award and the Parlin Award, both for lifetime achievement in marketing research. He has been recognized with an honorary doctorate from the Erasmus School of Economics for his outstanding research contributions to the field of online marketing.

At MIT Sloan, Professor Hauser has served as research director of the Center for Innovation in Product Development, and codirector of the International Center for Research on the Management of Technology. He received an outstanding teaching award from the MIT Sloan School’s master’s program, where he teaches courses on marketing management and marketing innovation.

Intellectual Property Capabilities

Cornerstone Research has provided analysis and testimony in patent infringement litigation covering the full range of damages issues, including reasonable royalties, lost profits, price erosion, and injunction analyses.

Because patents exist in a wide variety of industry contexts, we do not use a “one size fits all” approach to valuing patented inventions in the post-Uniloc world. In line with recent court rulings, Cornerstone Research continues to employ sophisticated methodologies that underlie market-based evidence, such as surveys and conjoint analysis.

Our staff have analyzed trade secrets, due diligence and corporate governance practices, noncompete and nondisclosure agreements, valuation of alleged secrets (using marketing and consumer survey experts), and damages. We have also addressed the role of technology-sharing agreements as part of due diligence for licensing, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions.

In addition, we have prepared and rebutted damages claims and assessed allegations of unfair competition in cases claiming lost profits and unjust enrichment related to changes in market share, unjust head-start gains, avoided costs of development, reasonable royalties, and licensing practices.

Our experience includes valuation and damages issues related to copyright infringement and breach of technology sharing. We have also analyzed reasonable royalties, industry licensing practices, and allegations of unfair competition. We have experience analyzing affirmative defenses to infringement, especially fair use defenses.

We have consulted on Lanham Act issues related to infringement of trademark and trade dress, as well as false advertising. To address complex liability and damages claims, we often work with marketing, branding, and advertising experts combining our collective economics, marketing, statistical, accounting, and industry expertise.

Combining decades of economic analysis and intellectual property experience on complex matters, Cornerstone Research staff and experts address high stakes intellectual property issues in litigation, Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and International Trade Commission (ITC) matters, and arbitration disputes.

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