Houston, TX (July 16, 2020) – Justin Blok, Forensic, Litigation and Valuation Services (FLVS) Partner, and Walter Bratic, FLVS Managing Director, have once again been named as Leading Expert Witnesses on the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2020, a list that identifies leading patent service professionals around the world.
Blok and Bratic are often requested to serve as testifying experts in cases involving many Fortune 500 companies. Throughout COVID-19 it has been challenging as court dates get postponed, but Blok and Bratic have made the most of it by assisting their clients virtually to allow for the best experience possible.
“We are pleased that both Justin and Walt have once again been named to this prestigious list of intellectual property experts,” stated Jim Penn, Founding Partner of Whitley Penn and Partner in Charge of the FLVS practice. “Their dedication to their clients and the legal profession is evident and we are proud to have them on our team.”
IAMPatent’s website states: “Justin Blok and Walt Bratic fly the flag at mid-sized Texas-based accounting firm Whitley Penn. Working both independently and collaboratively, they address damages issues in IP and commercial litigations, drawing on a strong support staff to get difficult jobs done. Available 24/7, they stay involved and make life easy for trial teams as they move cases forward.”
Blok is a Certified Licensing Professional and a Certified Fraud Examiner with more than 17 years of experience working with both public and private clients. He has served as a testifying expert in federal district and state court as well as in private arbitrations involving economic, accounting, valuation and strategic issues. He has testified in a variety of litigation matters involving patent, trademark, and copyright infringement, theft of trade secrets, breach of contract, business valuation, bankruptcy, fraud, business interruption, personal injury, wrongful death, and wrongful termination. Blok has testified on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in the analysis and determination of economic damages, including lost profits, reasonable royalties, price erosion, un-just enrichment, diminution of value and insolvency analyses, valuation, and pre- and post-judgment interest.
Blok earned a B.B.A. from Baylor University in Finance and Risk Management and Insurance and an M.B.A. from the University of Houston. He is a member of the Turnaround Management Association, Licensing Executives Society, and Houston Intellectual Property Law Association. Blok has also served as a guest lecturer at the University of Houston Law School, Baylor University School of Law, and South Texas School of Law.
Bratic is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. His career spans more than 32 years focusing on providing litigation and valuation support serving a broad spectrum of clients with litigation and valuations both domestically and internationally. Bratic has testified in federal district, bankruptcy, and state court, ICC, ITC and AAA proceedings and has served as a court-appointed expert.
Bratic earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from The Wharton Graduate School at the University of Pennsylvania. He serves as: the Chairperson for the U.S. Licensing Executive Society International Committee, a member of the Patent Misuse Committee for the Intellectual Property Organization, an Editorial Board member for the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology and Managing Intellectual Property, Associate Editor of the Journal of Biotechnology Applications, a member of the Group of Experts on Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights for the Commonwealth of Independent States for the United Nations/Economic Commission for Europe, and a lecturer at the University of Houston Law School.
About IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals List
IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2020 list is a guide that identifies the world’s leading patent service providers. The IAM Patent 1000 was prepared by a team of full-time analysts who conducted extensive research involving more than 1,700 interviews with patent specialists around the world over a period of several months. The list details legal and attorney firms as well as individual practitioners.
About Whitley Penn, LLP
Whitley Penn continues to be one of the region’s most distinguished public accounting firms. With a strong base in Texas and a worldwide network affiliation via Nexia International, the firm is strategically positioned for continued growth both locally and internationally. Whitley Penn has been consistently recognized as “One the Top 100 Firms in the U.S.” and “Best of the Best” by INSIDE Public Accounting. For more information on Whitley Penn, please visit www.whitleypenn.com.