Expert Witness Resume
Ronald E. Milner
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Expertise and testimony in fields of electronic consumer products including development, patent infringement, product operation and safety.Toys and electronic games a specialty, including all sorts of home products.
Education: BSEE 1968, MSEE1971 from U.C. Berkeley - Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi
1984-Present – President, Applied Design Laboratories.
1973-1984 Atari Inc, Grass Valley Think tank.- involved in many pivotal technologies in video games and home computers.
Co inventor of Atari
2600 video game system.
1968-1971 (several periods) Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories. - Heavy Ion Accelerator design work.
Mr. Milner holds 16
Issued US Patents (foreign not shown):
6,990,921 03/01/2006 Self waving flag
5,276,909 01/04/1994 Traffic information broadcast system
5,172,534 12/22/1992 Chainable building blocks
5,095,799 03/17/1992 Electric stringless toy guitar
4,914,638 04/03/1990 Doppler effect speedometer
4,862,152 08/29/1989 Sonic positioning device
4,796,891 01/10/1989 Musical puzzle using sliding tiles
4,687,457 08/18/1987 Hand-held puppet with pseudo-voice generation
4,589,138 05/13/1986 Method and apparatus for voice emulation
4,314,236 02/02/1982 Apparatus for producing a plurality of audio sound effects
4,244,574 01/13/1981 Pinball machine with conical playfield
4,139,968 02/20/1979 Puppet-like apparatus
4,116,444 09/26/1978 Method for generating a plurality of moving objects on a video display screen
4,112,422 09/05/1978 Method and apparatus for generating moving objects on a video display screen
4,107,665 08/15/1978 Apparatus for continuous variation of object size on a raster type video screen
4,102,532 07/25/1978 Game method and apparatus for sensing the position of an object with respect to its receptacle
D32469203/17/1992 Guitar or similar article
Mr. Milner served as the only
expert witness for Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue in
Alpex vs Nintendo in the Federal Circuit court in
He as also served as an expert in the case Andamiro vs Konami involving a dancing video game. He served for the defendant working for the firm Baker&McKenzie. The case was settled in 2002 before trial.
He has subsequently consulted on cases ranging from internet gambling to teddy bear development contract disputes.
He served as the technical expert witness for the defense in Leapfrog vs Fischer-Price on an educational toy patent infringement case. Fischer-Price was represented by Kenyon and Kenyon. The case went to trial in 2005 and Mr. Milner participated in the preparation and testified at trial. After an initial hung jury, Judge Sleet of the Federal circuit in
He served as an expert in Coles vs Nyko Technology in a case relating to accessory cooling fans for the Microsoft Xbox. The case was settled before any depositions or trial.
He has also served several other clients in matters relating to consulting performance, video games and controllers, industrial displays.
He did technical consulting for Nixon and Vanderhye in matters relating to Nintendo.
served as an expert witness for the defendant Nintendo in Fenner Investments
vs. Microsoft et al from 2007-2009. Mr.
Milner prepared expert reports and prepared for trial. The federal circuit in
Mr. Milner is primarily a design engineer and inventor for consumer products.
He is familiar with analog and digital circuits, remote control and controllers of all sorts, toys, electronic games, history of video games, microprocessor applications, sensors of all sorts, power control, and ultrasonics.
He is familiar with agency testing and safety requirements but has not testified in those areas.