Automotive Electronics Expert Witness

Ralph V. Wilhelm, Jr. Ph.D.

16002 Colleton Court, Carmel, Indiana 46033


About Us

Intellectual Property Challenge?

Looking for an experienced expert to support your intellectual property litigation in the automotive electronics field?

Who are we?

Special Skills & Training

Overall:  Automotive Engineering, Electronics & Systems

Focus:  Components through Systems

Education:  B.S. through Ph.D. Electrical Engineering & Materials Science

Forty Seven years Automotive Industry

Litigation Experience:

Both Defendants (60%) & Plaintiffs (40%)

IPRs, PGRs, and District Court

Last 5 years:

     19 expert cases

     9  Cases w/one or more IPRs/PGRs

     23 different law firms

     Dozens of reports written

     10 Depositions/Testimony

More Background


Traditional Consulting & Expert Witness

Concurrently, 60% Expert Witness/ 40% traditional automotive consulting

Experience: Automotive Industry

Vehicle Manufacturers

Small to Large Electronic Suppliers

Design Experience & Product Leadership

Infotainment to Active Safety Systems

Three US Patents granted; used by General Motors

Experience: Expert Witness Litigation

Mix:  Defendants & Plaintiffs

IPRs  and District Court

Declarations, Reports, Testimony, Depositions

Direct Work Product in Litigation

Expert Witness Declarations/Reports

Claim Construction

Testimony, Markman Hearing


Prior Art Searches

Additional Detail of Direct Experience


o Instrument Clusters 

o Automotive primary and secondary displays; flat panel displays 

o Center Stack Displays and subassemblies

 o Human Factor Design and guidelines 

o Automotive User Interfaces, wired and wireless communication to handheld devices 

o Automotive sensors & transducers; electro-mechanical systems 

o Vehicle Telematics 

o Infotainment systems, head units, navigation & GPS Systems 

o Software architecture and microprocessors 

o On-board & Off-Board diagnostics and prognostics 

o Complex safety systems 

o Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) leading to Autonomous Vehicles 

o Automotive Cameras & multi-camera vision systems 

o Closed loop feedback control  systems with appropriate sensors, actuators, & algorithms

o Automotive application of remote & wireless control devices

o Engine Control w/appropriate inputs, outputs, and software  

Representative Cases (Page 1 of 3)


Client: Kutak Rock LLP (representing plaintiff Arctic Cat, Inc.)

  • Case: Arctic Cat Inc v Polaris ( IPR2016-01388, IPR2016-01713)
  • Topic:  Electrical componentry & modules
  • Role:  Non-infringement expert, IPR declarations, deposition

Clients: Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer LLP & Janik Vinnakota LLP (representing defendant Nissan NA)

  • Case:  Blitzsafe Texas, LLC v Nissan North America, Inc. ((2:15-CV-1274-JRG-RSP)
  • Topic:  Vehicle audio, infotainment, streaming audio
  • Role:  Invalidity expert, non-infringement expert, reports

Client: Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto (representing defendant LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Inc.

  • Case:  Root Four Imagination, Inc. et al v LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Inc. (1:16-cv-01349-PAE)
  • Topic:  Telematics devices, features & OBD2 Technology
  • Role:  Invalidity expert, non-infringement expert

Clients: Prebeg, Faucett & Abbott PLLC & Howison & Arnott, LLP (rep plaintiff Johnson Safety, Inc.)

  • Case:  Johnson Safety, Inc. v VOXX International Corporation (IPR2016-01070, IPR2016-01074)
  • Topic: Vehicle display device, rear seat entertainment, wireless transmission of audio
  • Role:  invalidity expert, IPR declarations

Client: Finnegan LLP (representing plaintiffs UUSI, LLC & Oldnar Corp)

  • Case:  UUSI, LLC and Oldnar Corp. v The United States & AM General, LLC (12-216 C)
  • Topic:  Engine Control, glow plugs, multiple sensors, actuators, control electronics
  • Role: Invalidity expert, report supporting indefiniteness, claim construction & Markman Hearing, deposition

Clients: Hogan Lovells LLC & Venable LLP (representing defendants Mercedes-Benz USA & FCA US LLC)

  • Case:  Velocity Patent LLC v Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC and FCA US LLC (1:13-cv-08413, 1:13-cv-08419)
  • Topic:  optimization of vehicle operation, engine control, multiple sensors, actuators, control electronics
  • Role:  invalidity expert, reports & deposition in support of claim construction & motion for Summary Judgment

Representative Cases (Page 2 of 3)


Client: Fish & Richardson P.C. (representing defendant Koito Manufacturing, Co. Ltd.)

  • Case:  Adaptive Headlamp Technologies, Inc. v Koito Manufacturing Co. Ltd.  (IPR2016-00079)
  • Topic:  closed loop feedback control, automotive electronic systems, various sensors, data processing, & actuators
  • Role:  Invalidity expert, IPR declaration

Client: Venable LLP (representing defendant Fiat Chrysler America (FCA) US LLC)

  • Case:  Joao Control & Monitoring Systems, LLC v FCA US LLC (4:13-cv-13957-MAG)
  • Topic:  infotainment systems, telematics systems, remote & wireless devices, communication protocols, satellite audio, BlueTooth
  • Role:  Invalidity expert, non-infringement expert, declarations and deposition in support of summary judgement

Client: Bryan Cave LLP (representing defendant Laird Technologies, Inc.)

  • Case:  M/A-COM Technologies Solutions Holdings, Inc. v Laird Technologies, Inc. (14-181-LPS)
  • Topic:  Electronic design of critical GPS electronic subsubsystem for automotive infotainment  & telematics systems
  • Role:  invalidity expert, Expert report and deposition.  Testimony during Markman Hearing.

Clients: Osha Liang LLP & Kirkland & Ellis LLP (representing defendant Valeo, Inc.)

  • Case:  Magna Electronics Inc. v Valeo, Inc. (IPR2015-00250, IPR2015-00251, IPR2015-00252, IPR2015-00253, IPR2015-01410, IPR2015-01413, IPR2015-01414, IPR2015-01415)
  • Topic:  Automotive cameras, multi-camera vision, reconfigurable displays
  • Role:  invalidity expert, analysis of prior art, multiple declarations in support of IPR filings

Client: Erise IP, P.A. (representing defendant Ford Motor Company)

  • Case:  Vehicle Interface Technologies, LLC v Ford Motor Company (1:12-cv-01284-RGA)
  • Topic:  Automotive user interface issues, touch/appearance/ lighting/control (TALC) technologies
  • Role:  Invalidity expert, non-infringement expert, expert reports and depositions, support for Summary Judgment

Clients: Erise IP, P.A., Finnegan LLP, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Jenner & Block LLP

  • Law Firms representing defendants:  Ford Motor Company, American Honda Motor, Co. Inc., BMW of NA LLC, & Nissan NA Inc.
  • Cases:  Vehicle Operation Technologies, LLC v Ford Motor, American Honda, BMW NA, and Nissan NA (IPR2014-00594, IPR2014-00600, IPR2014-00601, IPR2014-00602, IPR2014-00603)
  • Topic:  automotive sensors and instrumentation
  • Role:  invalidity expert, declarations in support of 5 IPR petitions, Depositions.

Representative Cases (Page 3 of 3)


Client: Kenyon & Kenyon LLP (representing defendant Toyota Motor Corp.)

  • Case:  American Vehicular Sciences LLC v Toyota Motor Corp. (IPR2013-00414, IPR2013-00415, IPR2013-00417)
  • Topic:  Vehicle telematics, automotive sensors, on-board & off-board diagnostics, prognostics, displays and instrumentation
  • Role:  invalidity expert, declarations in support of 3 IPRs, Deposition.

Client: Frommer Lawrence & Haug LLP (representing defendant Porsche Cars North America, Inc.)

  • Case:  Vehicle Interface Technologies, LLC v Porsche Cars North America (IPR2014-00014)
  • Topic:  automotive user interface issues , touch/appearance/lighting/control (TALC) techologies
  • Role:  invalidity expert, declaration in support of IPR petition

Client: Brooks Kushman P.C. (representing plaintiff OnStar, Corp., subsidiary of General Motors)

  • Case:  OnStar Corp. v Micral, Inc et al. (1:08-cv-02047)
  • Topic:  automotive telematics features and functions
  • Role:  invalidity expert, expert report.

Law Firms Supported


  • Brooks Kushman P.C.  (Matt Jakubowski)
  • Bryan Cave LLP  (Daniel Crowe)
  • Erise IP, P.A.  (Jason Mudd)
  • Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP  (Lionel Lavenue, Susan Tully, R. Benjamin Cassady)
  • Fish & Richardson P.C.  (Michael Autuoro)
  • Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper, & Scinto  (John Kirkland)
  • Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer LLP  (Jeff Patterson)
  • Haug Partners LLP  (Chris Gosselin)
  • Hogan Lovells LLC  (Joseph Raffetto)
  • Howison & Arnott LLP  (Greg Howison)
  • Janik Vinnakota LLP  (Kumar Vinnakota, Sean Hsu)
  • Jenner & Block LLP  (Chad Ray)
  • Kenyon & Kenyon LLP  (John Flock)
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP  (Michael Liu)
  • Kutak Rock LLP  (Jason Jackson)
  • Osha Liang LLP  (Tammy Terry Dunn)
  • Patterson Intellectual Law Group (Montle, Ogden) 
  • Prebeg, Faucett & Abbott PLLC  (Matthew Compton)
  • Stanley Law Group  (Martin Woodward)
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP  (Steph Roberts)
  • Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein, & Fox, PLLC (Rich Coller)
  • Susman Godfrey LLP  (Eric Mayer)
  • Venable  (Jeff Kaminsk)

Curriculum Vitae

For more detail on our direct automotive systems experience and our expert witness background, please download our CV.

CV Ralph V Wilhelm June 25 2019 (pdf)


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Wilhelm Expert Witness

16002 Colleton Court, Carmel, IN 46033

(317) 508-6866