Case Studies

Flash Drive Dispute: Finding a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Expert

The USB flash drive is that handy gadget we use to store and transfer digital data. It was designed to be small, simple, and fail-proof. And it is all those things, which is why most flash drive users don’t spend any time pondering the device’s technology.

There are some people, however, who have dedicated their professional lives to studying exactly how USB flash drives function. IMS Consulting & Expert Services was asked to track them down.

Primary Case Issue

This dispute involved an investigation into whether patents were infringed when certain USB flash drives were imported to and sold in the United States.

Expert Witness Requirements

  • An academic degree related to computer engineering
  • A professional background in computer engineering and computer hardware
  • Skill in the art of designing or developing USB drives
  • Ability to review the patents in this case, address issues of patent infringement, and assist with claims construction

Expert Witness Search

An internal research team submitted 12 potential experts within two business days. Two IMS experts were placed on this case.

Expert Witness Placement

One of the chosen experts held a degree in computer-based control systems from a leading US research institution and had over three decades of experience working with computer input device technology. They were familiar with the evolution of the technology, and the company they founded had the world’s largest collection of input devices and related prior art. They also served as chairman of the working group that created the Universal Serial Bus protocol standard.

The other expert held a degree in electronics science from a prestigious UK university, and they had lectured on Universal Serial Bus technology and authored one of the first standards textbooks on the topic. This expert was principal of an engineering consulting firm and had over 30 years of experience working with computer hardware, specializing in USB technology and standards.

Case Results

This case settled.


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