Ralph V Wilhelm

Dr. Ralph V Wilhelm

Wilhelm Associates, LLC
16002 Colleton Ct.
Carmel , IN 46033
Mobile: 317-508-6866
Office: 317-508-6866

Dr. Wilhelm has worked continuously in automotive electronics since 1971. He consults now with numerous Primary and Secondary automotive suppliers who serve vehicle manufacturers. He has also worked as an expert witness for intellectual property disputes. In this IP expert work, he has worked for plaintiffs and defendants, worked on twenty-three expert cases and seven fact-based cases with over two dozen law firms, given nine depositions, and testified in court once. This IP litigation experience has covered a wide variety of automotive systems: infotainment, telematics, navigation/GPS systems, vision systems, human factors, safety systems, engine control, remote/wireless devices, center stack displays, instrument clusters, ADAS, etc. This span of experience is due to the wide variety of engineering and leadership roles he has had over numerous decades working for multiple companies.

Areas of Expertise
  • Automotive
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Infotainment & Telematics Systems
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Transportation Safety

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: BS (Electrical Engineering), 1967, Cornell University
Ph.D. (Ceramic Engineering/Material Science), 1972, Rutgers University
M.B.A. (Strategy and Operations), 1987, University of Michigan
Executive Management Program, 1985, University of Illinois
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: Fellow, American Ceramic Society;
Member: Society of Automotive Engineers, Society of Information Displays, Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), Sigma Xi, Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Member, Advisory Boards: Northwestern University - Electrical Engineering Department; Cornell University - multiple boards; University of Indianapolis - School of Engineering; Levant Power Corporation; Mecel AB, Amal, Sweden.
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Teaching in Graduate School (Rutgers University), 1967 to 1971 (Material Science topics, Electronic Ceramic Material, Analytical techniques, advanced statistics and design of experiments)
Teaching sections of Technical Management (Department of Material Science, Cornell University), 2002 to 2005, one to three lectures per semester (Case studies, Marketing, Program Management, Critical Decision Making).
From 1971 to 1978 while at the General Motors Research Labs, published two to three referreed papers per year, gave one to two presentations per year (sensor design, advanced electronic systems, thin film deposition, theory of various automotive sensors and transducers).
From 1978 to 1995 while working for Divisions of General Motors Corp, gave a variety of invited papers and keynote talks on automotive electronic systems.
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No.
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: 24 expert cases and eight fact based cases.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Ergonomics, electronic devices, vehicle electronic systems, electronic modules, vehicle audio and infotainment systems, streaming audio, software architecture, wireless devices, telematics systems, OBD2 protocol, vehicle displays, rear seat entertainment, playback mechanisms, engine control, diesel glow plugs, optimization of vehicle performance and operation, closed loop feedback control systems, satellite audio, Bluetooth, vehicle cameras, multi-camera systems, reconfigurable displays, automotive user interfaces.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 30% approximately
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 70% approximately
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: eleven times to have my deposition taken; one opportunity to testify in court.
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: One depo in August 2020 and another in September 2020; these are the two most recent depositions.
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: One time.
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Since 2005.
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Prior art searches, reports, consulting, depositions, court testimony, case strategy, written and verbal histories of automotive and consumer technology on or before IP priority dates.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $450 per hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $450 per hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $450 per hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $450 per hour
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: travel expenses at cost if necessary.


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