Experienced Medical Device Expert Witness and Consultant:
Experienced medical device expert in the fields of:
- Interventional Cardiology Devices:
- Coronary and Peripheral Stent Design and Fabrication
- Percutaneous Heart Valve Design and Fabrication
- Intravascular Brachytherapy of Coronary and Peripheral Arteries
- Interventional and Diagnostic Catheter Design and Fabrication
- Catheter Sheath Introducer Design and Fabrication
- Laparoscopic Surgical Device Design
- Ophthalmic Microsurgical Device Design
- High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) and ultrasonic surgical instruments
Experienced Expert Witness in Patent Infringement, PTAB Petitions, Theft of Trade Secret, Trial and Deposition Testimony, Expert Declarations, Rebuttal Declarations, EPO Opposition Hearings, USPTO Inter Partes Review
Richard A. Hillstead, PhD, FAHA
Rick Hillstead has been actively involved in the design and development of medical devices for over 25 years. He has held several progressive, Product Research and Development positions with Cordis Corporation (Johnson & Johnson) from 1987 to 1993 where he pioneered device development in the Cordis Coronary Stent program as a Senior Corporate Research Engineer. He then directed new technology development for Novoste Corporation from 1993 until 1999 primarily focusing on intravascular brachytherapy catheters and systems for the treatment of coronary restenosis following angioplasty and stenting. In 1999 he became a founding member of The Innovation Factory, a private medical device incubator in Duluth, GA. At The Innovation Factory he served as Chief Science Officer and was primarily responsible for all aspects of New Product R&D and technical due diligence including IP analysis and portfolio management. He developed and managed the internal program for identifying and protecting both internal and external inventions. His primary areas of expertise are diagnostic and interventional devices for interventional cardiology, laparoscopic surgery, vascular access and intervention, orthopedics, body contouring, wound management, and ophthalmology.
He is an accomplished engineer and inventor named on approximately eighty issued U.S. patents and pending applications as well as dozens of international patents, all in the medical device arena. His intellectual property has been referenced in over four thousand issued U.S. patents and pending patent applications. He is frequently asked to speak on the topic of Medical Device Product Innovation and has developed corporate programs to identify and capture patentable inventions. He has given expert testimony in the field of interventional cardiology devices in US courts and arbitrations and served as an expert witness to the High Court of Justice in the UK. Dr. Hillstead has authored technical declarations for oppositions at the EPO and appeared before the EPO panel in The Hague. He has played a pivotal role in the development numerous, commercially successful medical devices, often from invention to commercialization.
Dr. Hillstead holds a B.S. degree and an M.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University, and a PhD. from Southwest University. He is a Fellow in the American Heart Association (FAHA) on the Council of Clinical Cardiology; Fellow on the Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism; and a current member of the Stroke Council and the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Council. He has been a CPR instructor since 1980 and is currently BLS and ACLS certified by the American Heart Association. He holds an Extra Class Amateur Radio License (N4RAH) and is a deployable member of the Gwinnett County ARES emergency response team. He resides in Suwanee, Georgia. USA.
Experienced in providing expert consultation and testimony including sworn expert declarations, rebuttal of oposing experts, review and analysis of pretrial production documents, patent infringement analysis and expert report, patent rexam issues, and virtually all areas of trial preparation and testimony regarding patent infringement and trade secret actions in the highly complex field of medical device development. Experienced and proficient in reducing the specialized and highly technical language used in the medical device field to common terms more easily understood by jurors, judges, and arbitration panels.