Computer and Software Expert Witness
Sam Malek, Ph.D. - Quandary Peak Research
5226 Donald Bren Hall
Irvine, California 92697-3440
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Prof. Malek provides expert witness and consulting services in the following areas:
- Software intellectual property (IP)
- Patent analysis for infringement and validity
- Copyright infringement analysis
- Trade secret analysis
- Software design/source code audit and review
- Review of technical documents
- Breach-of-contract and non-performance claims
- Expert witness testimony at deposition and trial
Areas of Expertise
Distributed Software, Android, Java.
Sam Malek is a Professor in the School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California at Irvine and a member of the Informatics Department. He is the director of Software Engineering and Analysis Laboratory and a member of DARPA's Computer Science Study Panel. He was previously an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at George Mason University (GMU), where he was the director of GMU's Software Design and Analysis Laboratory. Prior to his academic appointments, Malek worked as a software engineer in a variety of roles and on the development of numerous industrial software systems. Malek has experience with testifying in both jury trial and deposition as an expert witness in the fields of computer science and software engineering. He has served as a computer science expert witness and drafted numerous reports in high-stakes intellectual property infringement, breach-of-contract, and software dispute matters. As a renowned computer science expert, he has published on a variety of topics, served on the panel of many scientific boards and journals, and frequently spoken at scientific gatherings.
Malek conducts research in the field of software engineering, and to date his focus has spanned the areas of software design and architecture, smartphone and mobile computing, internet and web technologies, middleware, service oriented computing, autonomic computing, software dependability and security, and distributed and embedded systems. His research has produced more than 75 manuscripts that have been published in peer-reviewed scientific conferences and journals. Malek frequently serves as organizer, program committee member, and speaker at premier scientific gatherings and conferences. He is currently an associate editor of the Springer Journal of Computing.
Malek received his Ph.D. from the Computer Science Department at the University of Southern California. He also received an M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California, and a B.S. degree in Information and Computer Science from the University of California Irvine. He has received numerous awards for his scientific contributions, including the National Science Foundation CAREER award and GMU Computer Science Department Outstanding Faculty Research award. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), ACM Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Prof. Malek has over fifteen years of experience working as a software engineer, a software architect, and a computer scientist in both software industry (IBM and Boeing) and academic research labs (University of Southern California and George Mason University).
Legal Experience & Services
Prof. Malek has served as software expert in more than fifteen cases, including more than ten patent infringement cases. He has been deposed and testified at trial as an expert witness multiple times, including in patent infringement and criminal cases.
-The Hertz Corporation v. Accenture LLP (March 2020–May 2020)
-Ameranth v. Pizza Hut, Inc., et al. (January 2018–October 2019)
-IPA Technologies, Inc. v. ZTE (USA). Inc. (December 2017–March 2018)
-Financial Information Technologies Inc. v. IControl Systems, USA, LLC (September 2017–March 2020)
-Ford Motor Company v. Versata Software, Inc., F/K/A Trilogy Software, Inc. (February 2017–Present)
-Financial Information Technologies Inc. v. Mark Lopez (January 2017–September 2017)
-Alexander Yershov v. Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. d/b/a USA Today (January 2017–March 2017)
-Chrome Systems Inc. v. Internet Brands Inc., Autodata Solutions Inc., et al. (June 2016 - Present)
-TiVo Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., et al. (April 2016 - Present)
-Lenovo Adware Litigation (April 2016 - Present)
- Ericsson Inc., et al. v TCL Communication Technology Holdings, LTD, et al. (March 2015 - present)
- STAR CO Ranger Digital, LLC v. Microsoft Corporation, et al. (March 2015 - May 2015)
- YYZ, LLC v. Hewlett-Packard Company (December 2014 - present)
- Data Engine Technologies LLC v. International Business Machines Corporation (February 2014 - present)
- Rockstar Consortium US LP and Netstar Technologies LLC v Google Inc. (October 2014 - February 2015)
- Optimum Content Protection LLC v. Microsoft Corporation (November 2014 - December 2014)
- Alarm.com Inc. v. iControl Networks Inc. (June 2014 - October 2014)
- Thought Inc. v. Oracle Corporation (May 2014 - October 2014)
- Steve Morsa v. Facebook, Inc. (April 2014 - December 2014)
- United States of America v Alexander Rousseau (June 2014 - July 2014)
- Clori Isaac v. Geo. Mijilem & Company Inc. DBA SVM L.P., ConocoPhillips, et al. (April 2014 - June 2014)
- Miants, LLC, et al. v. Kevin Lasser, et al. (April 2014 - June 2014)
- Motorola Mobility Inc. v. Apple Inc. (December 2013 - May 2014)
- iControl Networks Inc. v. Alarm.com Inc., et al. (September 2013 - December 2013)
- United States ex rel. Hooper v. Lockheed Martin Corporation (August 2013 - January 2014)
- Lotchinbek Samatov, Jakhongir Samatov, and SSD Software Solutions v. AirShowBuzz (June 2013 - August 2013)
University of California at Irvine
Quandary Peak Research
Prof. Malek is an expert in the following technologies:
- Programming platforms: Eclipse, Visual Studio, .NET, Java EE, CORBA, Enterprise JavaBeans.
- Mobile devices and applications: Android, iOS, iPhone.
- Operating systems and servers: UNIX, Linux, Windows, Mac OS, Apache.
- Databases: RDBMS, SQL, MS SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL.
- Development methods: lean software development, agile, object-oriented, aspect-oriented programming, component-based development, COTS integration, requirements engineering, spiral model, and UML.
Awards & Honors
2013-2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Award
2013 Mason's Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award
2011 GMU Outstanding Young Faculty Research Award
2007 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Competition Finalist
Seminars & Training
Prof. Malek has extensive experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on software engineering, software architectures, and service-oriented architectures.
Prof. Malek has published over 75 highly-cited papers in reputable journals and conferences. A detailed record of his publication can be found at: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=qrCVP0YAAAAJ&hl=en
Prof. Malek received his Ph.D. in 2007 from the Computer Science Department at the University of Southern California. He previously received his M.Sc. in 2004 from the Computer Science Department at the University of Southern California, and his B.Sc. from the Information and Computer Science Department at University of California, Irvine.