Expert Witness Capabilities
The attorneys at the firm sometimes act as expert witnesses for other firms in areas of their expertise. The topics upon which they opine include patent office procedure, patent prosecution practices, trademark office procedures, prosecution of trademark applications, malpractice in intellectual property law, and billing for intellectual property matters. For instance, Melvin Garner was retained as an expert witness by the government in a federal criminal action for theft of government inventions, U.S. v Zhu, because of his expertise in patent law. After the government submitted Melvin's report the defendant pleaded guilty.