Justin Blok & Walter Bratic named as Leading Expert Witnesses on the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2019
Houston, TX (June 27, 2019) – Justin Blok, Forensic, Litigation and Valuation Services (FLVS) Partner, and Walter Bratic, FLVS Managing Director, have been named as Leading Expert Witnesses on the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2019, a list that identifies leading patent service professionals around the world.
Justin Blok is a certified licensing professional and a certified fraud examiner with more than 18 years of experience with accounting and consulting firms. He has served as a testifying expert in federal, district, and state court matters 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 and a M.B.A. from the University of Houston (Clear Lake). He is a member of the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, Licensing Executive Society, and Turnaround Management 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.
Walter Bratic is a certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner with more than 30 years of public accounting experience. He has experience serving a broad spectrum of clients with litigation and valuations both domestically and internationally. Walter 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.
The IAM’s website states: “In the courtroom, Whitley Penn’s Walt Bratic capitalizes on his extensive IP valuation experience and cutting-edge knowledge regarding the state of the law as it applies to damages. He had a busy time of it in 2018 and played a leading role in one of the biggest trade secret theft cases of the year. He is all about quality, as is frequent collaborator Justin Blok. In deposition and at trial, Blok does an excellent job presenting the key issues in a way that anyone can understand.”
About IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals List
IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2019 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.
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 of 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 whitleypenn.com.