Design and Patent Evaluation
Design and Patent Infringement Analysis by Board Certified Forensic Engineers
Veritech’s team of Professional Engineers have worked on numerous cases involving patent evaluation and mechanical design review. We have extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of product development, engineering design, and manufacturing methods which gives us valuable insight into potential design and manufacturing pitfalls. Whether you need an independent evaluation of a single part or a complex mechanical system, Veritech’s certified forensic engineers have the experience, knowledge, and training to assess a current design, identify potential weaknesses and propose design modifications and improvements as necessary.
Veritech’s engineers have experience in the evaluation of intellectual property, patent infringement claims, and trade secret issues. We understand that the interpretation of the language in a patent can make or break a case, and these matters are typically very complex and require special scrutiny in both the language and description of the patented item, but also the content of the claims of the patent. Patents are issued to ensure that the novel design or functionality of a component is legally protected against being duplicated by an unauthorized party.
Our engineers have been tasked with the process of reviewing examples of “prior art” when assessing the originality of a mechanical component or system, an important part in the infringement process. Additionally, our lead engineer has been involved in the engineering and development of a patented invention comprised of a mechanism used for tracked vehicles that travel rough terrain (Patent number US 6,840,338 B2). Our engineers provide honest, unbiased interpretation of patent language from an engineering perspective to reach defendable opinions and convey those opinions in a clear and concise manner.
Within mechanical engineering, the process of developing a design includes many inter-related steps. Design engineering is usually considered after the function of a certain machine has been defined. As with many disciplines, the design process is usually iterative with the development of a series of different versions in order to fulfill the functional needs of a machine or component. Criteria such as performance, endurance, purpose, and even aesthetics must all be met through the use of proper engineering design.
The process of engineering design usually takes advantage of the usage of prototypes during the development stage. Prototypes are example versions of a product or machine that fulfill the criteria that have been objectively set. Prototypes can be very close in appearance and functionality to the final product and usually require a significant amount of development expense to produce. Prototypes can allow the engineer to not only visualize the final product, but assess and critique finer details of the design that may not be otherwise obvious when the design exists solely on paper. Prototypes can also be used to examine how different sub-systems work together and help identify their limitations. Integrating sub-level systems together into a working machine is an important step in product development.
Veritech’s engineers have held roles in product development, research and development (R&D), and systems integrations for both consumer-level products and professional products for the medical field. Our unique and multi-faceted backgrounds provide the ability for holistic analysis of design and machinery. This experience provides the customer with a more complete analysis and allows for many aspects of the project to be considered seamlessly from the beginning to final outcome.