KTG provides Technology Research/Development and Intellectual Property services to targeted client audiences. KTG's expertise is in intellectual property matters and technology development in the areas of computer systems, hardware, software and databases. KTG has advised clients on technology matters related to computers used in air traffic control, aircraft flight control, airline reservations, ATMs, automotive systems, banking, storage systems, embedded systems, environmental management, geographical information systems, the Internet, management information systems, manufacturing, medical insurance and records, computer and communication networks, security/encryption software and devices, process control, IC fabrication, chipsets, electronic design automation, and satellites. KTG has specified, designed, implemented, and managed the development of many software and hardware systems.
Technology Research and Development Practice
Kelly Technology Group principals have been at the forefront of research and development of leading edge technologies in database systems, distributed systems, fault tolerance, dependable computing, software and systems engineering, computer networks, spacecraft/satellite systems, storage systems and electronic commerce for many years.
Kelly Technology Group's Technology Research and Development Practice (KTG R&D) has been engaged by government and industry clients to analyze organizations, programs, and processes to increase effectiveness and accountability. KTG principals have extensive experience assisting companies in all aspects of technology product development from requirements to design, implementation, and deployment.
KTG's R&D Practice offers strategic guidance on specialized technology problems in the following domains:
- Computer Networks and Network Protocols
- Wired and Wireless Network Devices
- Computer Architecture
- Software and Firmware
- Operating Systems including Embedded and Real-time systems
- Distributed Systems
- Fault tolerance architecture and practices
- Storage Area Networks and Devices
- Spacecraft/satellite systems
- Automotive systems
- Electronic Commerce
The KTG Approach to Technology Research and Development
KTG's unique approach to Technology Research and Development is based on KTG prinicipals' extensive experience developing real world systems, and on KTG's Systems Engineering and Analysis Paradigm. KTG experts help clients analyze the problem, conduct targeted research, and develop customized solutions.
KTG's R&D Practice offers clients the freedom to conduct high quality research on complex technical problems as well as project management problems without having to worry about startup costs and the chaos of assembling a technically savvy team.
KTG's R&D Practice promises to deliver targeted results efficiently, even for time-critical problems.
KTG's R&D practice promises results that are not only technically superior, but are also practical to implement.
Technology & IP Due Diligence Practice
At KTG, we recognize the importance of technology and the value it adds to modern corporations — not only the current economic value, but also the strategic value that carefully leveraged technology-based intellectual property can offer in the future. To this end, KTG's Technology & IP Due Diligence practice offers a comprehensive array of services ranging from creating intellectual property maps for an industry or technology domain, setting up and evaluating software clean rooms, to helping clients evaluate the technology and intellectual property of acquisition targets.
KTG professionals have interviewed senior management, evaluated the technology and patents, and charted the technology development processes of various companies that are targets of mergers and acquisitions. On many occasions KTG has been called upon by clients to evaluate technologies of acquisition targets that are the subject of litigation, to assess the technical merits of the litigation and advise the clients on the risks and opportunities associated with those technologies.
KTG professionals have also helped clients set up and/or evaluate software clean room development projects. A software clean room strives for verifiable independent development and, when implemented correctly, serves to develop source code that is free from a competitor's intellectual property. In this type of clean room, certain software developers are separated from the rest of the organization, including the specification writers. The developers inside the clean room are vetted to ensure that they have had no invalidating prior exposure or opportunity for exposure to the competitor's intellectual property. They are then provided with a functional specification and a carefully screened set of reference works. Using this information, the clean room developers design and write source code to implement the functional specification. All communications with the clean room must pass through the "filter" who ensures that no implementation details enter the clean room. A properly run clean room provides evidence of independent development that can be used to rebut allegations of copyright infringement or trade secret misappropriation. KTG principals have defined procedures and protocols that have been used in multiple clean room development projects, and have directed such projects. KTG has advised several organizations on clean room development procedures, including the US Federal Aviation Administration, Hughes Aircraft, and Honeywell. KTG principals have also acted as "filters" in a number of clean room projects organized around proven software clean room design principles. KTG has also been retained on numerous occasions to evaluate the quality and standards of other software clean room efforts.
KTG Technology & IP Due Diligence Services
KTG's Technology & IP Due Diligence Practice can help clients in many different ways:
- Provide technology and intellectual property due diligence services in mergers and acquisitions
- Audit intellectual property as well as the technology development processes that create intellectual property
- Assess IP and technology risk factors
- Create an Intellectual Property map of the client's or competitor's technologies
- Create a current Intellectual Property map in a specific technology domain
- Develop strategy for IP nurturing and protection based on human and technology assets of the client
- Help clients design around existing patents
- Educate developers and management on clean room development principles
- Evaluate the need for a clean room, establish the clean room design principles, implement the clean room, and certify the quality of implementation and adherence to the design principles
- Evaluate procedures, processes and output of other software clean room implementations
Litigation Expert Services Practice
KTG experts have testified as expert witnesses on behalf of numerous corporations including American Airlines, American Broadcasting Company, CA, Cisco Systems, Cummins, Hewlett Packard, Hughes Aircraft, McAfee Associates, Medtronic, Mentor Graphics, Microsoft, Motion Picture Association of America, Samsung, Sanyo, Sony, and Target, among others.
KTG experts have also been engaged as neutral court experts, including as Computer Science Expert to the Court in the Ford/Firestone MDL, and as a court-appointed neutral forensic analyst in Mentor Worldwide LLC v. Sientra Inc., et al.
KTG has wide-ranging experience that spans the gamut of computer systems — embedded microcontrollers, microcomputers, minicomputers, workstations, mainframes, and supercomputers. Of course, this expertise includes the PC (DOS, all versions of Windows, Linux), Macintosh (68xxx, Power PC, and Intel machines and all versions of system software) and Sun workstations (both old and new models; and all versions of SunOS and Solaris). KTG staff all have diverse experience in areas including embedded systems, switches, routers, network attached storage, high speed printers, digital video recorders, and slot machines, to name a few.
KTG has a fully operable hardware laboratory for testing and developing embedded computers, wireless technology, networks, and hardware architecture.
KTG experts have experience with all components of a computer system. KTG experts have performed in-depth analyses of communications between components of a computer system as well as between computers on a network. This includes analysis of ISA, PCI, and LPC buses. KTG experts have analyzed the contents of individual network packets and performed packet-level network protocol analyses of both wired and wireless networks. KTG has also designed and conducted tests to determine reliability and failure modes of hardware components.
In addition to source code analysis, KTG experts have decompiled and analyzed executable programs. KTG experts also specialize in analyzing programs while they are executing.
KTG Litigation Services
KTG offers comprehensive services for intellectual property litigation matters. KTG experts have deep and extensive experience in:
- Copyright Infringement Investigation (source code comparison and the abstraction-filtration-comparison test, de minimis change evaluation, application of doctrine of scenes a faire)
- Patent Infringement Investigation (claim construction, anticipation and obviousness arguments, analysis of literal infringement and under the doctrine of equivalents, means-plus-function analysis etc.)
- Trade Secrets Misappropriation Investigation (evaluating trade secret technology, comparison of original and allegedly misappropriated technology, etc.)
- Contracts Compliance Testing and Analysis
- Digital Forensics
KTG experts author highly professional, well-researched, and articulate expert reports, supported by comprehensive, objective analysis of the technology at issue. KTG experts are highly qualified, experienced, and well prepared to testify as expert witnesses in deposition and at trial.
Digital Forensics Practice
Kelly Technology Group provides digital forensics services, including laptop/desktop forensics and forensics for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. KTG's forensics lab is equipped with state-of-the-art tools for analyzing and creating forensic backups of a wide variety of devices. In addition to performing forensic analysis on behalf of parties in both civil and criminal cases, KTG experts have also been engaged as court-appointed neutral forensic analysts.
KTG has wide-ranging experience in forensic analysis of computers and computer-based devices, including mainframe & midrange computers (such as the AS/400 and Sun systems), IBM PC-type computers (e.g., running Windows or Linux), Macintosh computers, iOS devices (iPod touch, iPad and iPhone), Android devices (both tablets and smartphones), feature phones, internal storage devices, and removable storage devices such as USB drives. KTG has experience analyzing many other types of embedded systems from DVD players to network routers. KTG also has experience running and recovering data from obsolete computers and storage media (such as floppy disks and magnetic tapes). KTG experts also have experience creating forensic backups of a wide range of devices.
KTG's forensic analysis activities have included file carving, database carving, and signature-based analysis to recover deleted files, deleted text messages (SMS and MMS), deleted voicemail messages, emails, and to determine operating system and application settings in effect on the devices. KTG has considerable experience analyzing log files for web servers, FTP servers, etc. KTG also has extensive experience analyzing file system metadata in order to reconstruct file history timelines. In addition to developing our own in-house forensic analysis tools, our forensics lab has a wide variety of commercial forensic tools including EnCase, Cellebrite, Epilog, AccessData FTK, Blackbag, and Lantern.