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Alpine Engineering & Design, Inc

Alpine Engineering & Design, Inc

111 West Canyon Crest Road
Alpine, Utah 84004

Phone(801) 763-8484

Website https://alpineeng.com

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Alpine Engineering & Design, Inc. has 6 consulting mechanical engineers. We have a total of nearly 100 years of experience designing mechanical equipment. Our engineers have over 80 U.S. patents on products we have designed. As a result of our design and patent experience, we have also assisted in over 600 lawsuits, both product liability and intellectual property.

We have testified regarding patent IPRs, patent infringement/non-infringement, and patent validity/invalidity, product liability, mechanical design, human factors, industrial safety, accident reconstruction, failure analysis, DOT compliance, compliance with OSHA and other standards (i.e. ANSI, ISO, ASTM, etc), hydraulic systems. With all our experience, you will find us a joy to work with.

Our services include a testing and prototype lab, model shop, computer graphics and animations, the ability to create full-size prototypes. We provide written descriptions to effectively communicate to a jury. We effectively teach them about the case. There is nothing better than a good model or animation to get our points across. With all our patents, you might get the impression that we are pretty innovative. We use this same innovation in our expert witness work. Often, we come up with arguments that were not previously considered. We give honest, understandable opinions with the underpinning required to help attorneys, judges, and jurors make good decisions.

Services

Alpine Engineering & Design, Inc offers the following services:


Expert Witness deposition and trial testimony
Inspections
Site investigation
Data acquisition and analysis
Litigation consulting
Report Preparation
Demonstrative exhibits
Computer modeling and animation


Litigation Support Services

Expertise extends to many areas of product design; including concept generation, design, stress calculations, finite element analysis, modeling, safety, prototyping, testing, manufacturing, and assisting in the patent process. Mr. Smith is certified as a Six Sigma Lean Black Belt Professional and a Six Sigma Champion.

Areas of Expertise

Additional Expertise:

Amusement Park Rides, Boom Lifts, Carnival Rides, Construction Equipment, Cranes, DOT Compliance, Exercise Equipment, Forensic Engineering, Forensic Safety, Fork Trucks, Garbage Trucks, Front Loaders, Heavy Equipment, Heavy Machinery, Golf Products, Hoists, Hydraulically operated Equipment, Hydraulics Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Safety, Infringement, Invalidity, Job Safety Analysis, Liftgates, Lifts, Machinery, Manlifts, Manufacturing Accidents, Manufacturing Equipment, Material Handling, Mechanical Engineering, Mobile Equipment, Models, Patent Law, Patents: Infringement, Patents: Invalidity, Product Engineering, Product Liability, Rear Loaders, Rigging, Rolloffs, Safety Audit, Safety Engineering, Scaffolds, Slip, Trips & Falls, Scissor Lifts, Side Loaders, Suspension Systems, Transportation, Transportation Construction, Trucking, Treadmills, Trailers, Trucks , Trucks and related Equipment, Utility Vehicle, Warnings, Wrongful Death, Ziplines.

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Alpine Engineering & Design, Inc. has 6 consulting mechanical engineers. We have a total of nearly 100 years of experience designing mechanical equipment. Our engineers have over 80 U.S. patents on products we have designed. As a result of our design and patent experience, we have also assisted in over 600 lawsuits, both product liability and intellectual property.

We have testified regarding patent IPRs, patent infringement/non-infringement, and patent validity/invalidity, product liability, mechanical design, human factors, industrial safety, accident reconstruction, failure analysis, DOT compliance, compliance with OSHA and other standards (i.e. ANSI, ISO, ASTM, etc), hydraulic systems. With all our experience, you will find us a joy to work with.

We use our design resources such as our testing prototype lab, model shop, computer graphics and animations, full-size prototypes, and written descriptions to effectively communicate to a jury. We effectively teach them about the case. There is nothing better than a good model or animation to get our points across. With all our patents, you might get the impression that we are pretty innovative. We use this same innovation in our expert witness work. Often, we come up with arguments that were not previously considered. We give honest, understandable opinions with the underpinning required to help attorneys, judges, and jurors make good decisions.

Areas Served

All States

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Professional Experience

Retained over 500 times as an expert in product liability, breach of warranty, negligent misrepresentation. Over 100 of those cases have been intellectual property cases where he has testified regarding claim construction, infringement and invalidity.

Testified in court over 40 times in multiple state courts, Federal Court, before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the International Trade Commission (ITC).

Directed the development and improvement of a wide variety of products including trucking equipment, refuse equipment, hydraulically operated mobile equipment, cranes, manlifts, specialty axles and suspensions, zip lines, amusement rides, exercise equipment, radio frequency and magnetically shielded enclosures, rotomolded containers, aerial lifts and a variety of consumer products. Mr. Smith has over 70 patents on such products with a number of patent applications still pending.


Licenses

A registered professional mechanical engineer in the States of California, Nevada, and Alabama, and a registered professional structural engineer in Utah with license numbers M025127, 016907, 28224, and 177027-2202 respectively.

Certified by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) as a Certified Safety Professional in comprehensive practice, CSP No. 18890. Certified as a trainer in 1st aid, CPR, and AED.
He has certified as a train-the-trainer for lift truck operators. He has also certified as a trainer for aerial work platforms and aerial boom lifts. He has also certified as an overhead, mobile crane, and rigging inspector. Mr. Smith is also licensed as an Amateur Radio Operator (License - KC7URM).

Continuing education courses including the OSHA 30-hour Hazard Recognition Training course, the OSHA Health and Safety course, Intellectual Property Issues, Risk Management and Assessment, Pole Top Rescue, Confined Space and Lock Out/Tag Out. He is certified in TIMS (Traffic Incident Management & Responder Safety and has taken courses on the MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices), Advance Warning, Blocking Procedures, Safe Operations for Vehicle Fires, Special Hazards, and Incident Command and Management.


Legal Experience & Services

Retained over 500 times as an expert in product liability, breach of warranty, negligent misrepresentation. Over 100 of those cases have been intellectual property cases where he has testified regarding claim construction, infringement and invalidity.

Testified in court over 40 times in multiple state courts, Federal Court, before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the International Trade Commission (ITC).


Affiliations

A member of the Society of American Value Engineers, the National Honor Society, and Tau Beta Phi, a national engineering honor society. He is an honored member of the Strathmore's Registry, was nominated for membership in Phi Kappa Phi, and has been named to Who's Who in California, Who's Who in the West, and the national registry of Who's Who in Executives and Businesses.


Qualifications

Expertise extends to many areas of product design; including concept generation, design, stress calculations, finite element analysis, modeling, safety, prototyping, testing, manufacturing, and assisting in the patent process. Certified as a Six Sigma Lean Black Belt Professional and a Six Sigma Champion.

Continuing education courses including the OSHA 30-hour Hazard Recognition Training course, the OSHA Health and Safety course, Intellectual Property Issues, Risk Management and Assessment, Pole Top Rescue, Confined Space and Lock Out/Tag Out. He is certified in TIMS (Traffic Incident Management & Responder Safety and has taken courses on the MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices), Advance Warning, Blocking Procedures, Safe Operations for Vehicle Fires, Special Hazards, and Incident Command and Management.

Directed the development and improvement of a wide variety of products including trucking equipment, refuse equipment, hydraulically operated mobile equipment, cranes, manlifts, specialty axles and suspensions, zip lines, amusement rides, exercise equipment, radio frequency and magnetically shielded enclosures, rotomolded containers, aerial lifts and a variety of consumer products. Mr. Smith has over 70 patents on such products with a number of patent applications still pending.


Awards & Honors

He was nominated for membership in Phi Kappa Phi, and has been named to Who's Who in California, Who's Who in the West and the National Registry of Who's Who in Executives and Businesses. He also received the Utah Genius Award for being one of Utah's top inventors.


Seminars & Training

Certified as a trainer in 1st aid, CPR, and AED. Certified as a train-the-trainer for lift truck operators. Certified as a trainer for aerial work platforms and aerial boom lifts. Certified as an overhead, mobile crane, and rigging inspector. Licensed as an Amateur Radio Operator (License - KC7URM).
Continuing education courses including the OSHA 30-hour Hazard Recognition Training course, the OSHA Health and Safety course, Intellectual Property Issues, Risk Management and Assessment, Pole Top Rescue, Confined Space and Lock Out/Tag Out.
Certified in TIMS (Traffic Incident Management & Responder Safety and has taken courses on the MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices), Advance Warning, Blocking Procedures, Safe Operations for Vehicle Fires, Special Hazards, and Incident Command and Management.


Publications

Co-authored a white paper entitled, “An Engineering Guide for Trailer Safety Chain Installation, Attachment and Use.”


Professional References

Intellectual Property

Scott Brown
Hovey Williams LLP
(816) 474-9050
sbrown@hoveywilliams.com


Brett Foster or Mark Miller
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
(801) 933-4082
miller.mark@dorsey.com
foster.brett@dorsey.com

Rob Brunelli or Kendria Pearson
Sheridan Ross, P.C.
(303) 863-9700
rbrunelli@sheridanross.com
kpearson@sheridanross.com

R. Scott Johnson
Fredrickson & Byron
(515) 242-8930
rsjohnson@fredlaw.com

Product Liability

Kyle Rowley
Sheehy, Ware & Pappas
(713) 951-4609
krowley@sheehyware.com

Craig Sico
Sico, Hoelscher & Harris, LLP
csico@swbtrial.com
(877) 653-3334

Patrick N. George
Racine Olson
(208) 232-6101
png@racinelaw.net

J. Angus Edwards
Jones Waldo
(801) 534-7465
aedwards@joneswaldo.com


Education

BSME, California State Long Beach, California Registered P.E., Utah Registered P.E., Nevada Registered P.E., Certified Safety Professional in general practice, Certified Overhead Crane inspector, Certified Mobile Crane Inspector, Aerial Lift Trainer, Forklift Train the Trainer




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