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    DisputeSoft was retained in December 2013 by plaintiff Thermo Fisher Scientific in connection with a trade secret misappropriation litigation.

    NPharmaceutical supply chain company Thermo Fisher Scientific alleged that two former employees misappropriated technical specifications and documentation for a “Clinical Trial Management System” (“CTMS”) and used these documents to develop a new CTMS, called iCTM, for Defendant.

    The parties entered into a settlement agreement in March 2014, which required, inter alia, for Defendant to destroy any iCTM software and Fisher intellectual property it may have misappropriated. Additionally, the settlement agreement permitted Fisher to inspect any new CTMS software developed or purchased by Defendant to validate that such software was not derived from Fisher intellectual property.

    Pursuant to the settlement agreement, DisputeSoft’s Nick Ferrara conducted onsite compliance inspections of a new CTMS system that Defendant planned to implement in place of iCTM. The inspections included in-depth examinations of the new system’s design documents, database schema, testing documents, and change management documents for indicia of Fisher intellectual property. The inspections also included examination of the functionality in Defendant’s demonstration and production systems. Mr. Ferrara ultimately concluded that Defendants’s new CTMS was not derived from Fisher’s intellectual property.

    Nick Ferrara

    Manager & Forensic Examiner

    Nick Ferrara has been an integral part of more than 35 cases, spanning numerous commercial industries and all of DisputeSoft’s core practice areas, including copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and computer forensics. His code review work has covered everything from analyzing the architecture of large scale, multi-tier information systems to examinations of low-level smartphone firmware code.

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