Supply Chain Expert in Laser Diode Distribution

Case Description:

A supply chain expert with knowledge of laser diode distribution was needed for an unfair competition dispute before the International Trade Commission. The plaintiff, a producer of light emitting diode, or LED, application products, alleged the defendant infringed one of its patents for a laser diode semiconductor used in consumer electronic products such as high definition DVD's and Blu-ray players.

IMS ExpertServices was asked to find a supply chain expert with knowledge of global laser diode distribution. An expert who’d studied computer supply economics and was familiar with the supply and distribution of laser diodes through every step of the supply chain, from component manufacturers to distributors to component integrators was requried. The expert was requested to prepare reports for the ITC detailing cost and pricing at each stop on the supply chain.

Experts Presented:

  • Supply Chain Design Expert

    This supply chain expert runs a company that offers strategic supply chain design services to high-tech companies. He has over 18 years of experience in strategic procurement, supply chain management, and contract negotiations in the electronics industry. Previously he worked for various tech companies including Hewlett-Packard and two Silicon Valley start-ups. This expert’s experience includes contract creation and negotiations between various parties in the electronics supply chain, including original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers, and component suppliers. He has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Berkeley and an M.B.A. IMS Reference #5009330

  • Supply Chain Management Expert

    This expert in supply chain management is a professor at Stanford University focusing on the economics of information technology systems. His research interests are supply chain management, e-Business, supply chain integration, and the management of information technology. He has studied pricing issues, secondary markets, and the effects of demand information on global supply chains and has published extensively on supply chain management in technology industries. He has a Ph.D. in business administration. IMS Reference #5030952

  • Semiconductor Industry Expert

    This semiconductor industry expert has more than 30 years of experience in semiconductor supply chains. He is president of a consulting company that specializes in outsourcing and supplier relationships for global semiconductor distribution systems. This expert has worked for semiconductor companies in Europe, Asia, and North America. He’s founded several independent test labs and a contract assembly operation in the semiconductor industry. This expert has assisted companies with strategic development in supply chain integration. IMS Reference #5030920

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