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Focus

Dr. Kappelman’s litigation work centers on software project failures, intellectual property disputes, and information systems planning and management.

  • Software Project Problems and Failure:
    • These cases center on the people, processes, and products of software development, software project management, and information system (IS) implementation to determine the root cause(s) of problems and failure.
    • They generally involve a postmortem analysis of the project’s artifacts including project management and software specification materials, resumes and time logs of the development and management personnel, communications among the parties, meeting notes, billing records, contracts, inspections, tests, and software, as well as other materials.
    • Many of these cases also involve determining whether the software in question functioned as per the agreed-upon specifications. This analysis typically focuses on whether it processed and/or transferred data as per the contractual or other requirements.
  • Intellectual Property Matters Regarding Software and Information Systems:
    • Intellectual property disputes involving copyrights, patents, and/or trade secrets related to software and information systems generally center on design, architecture, and functionality.
    • They typically involve extensive examination and comparison of the source code and/or operating versions of the software’s architecture, logic, algorithms, operating environment interfaces, and other dimensions for evidence of infringement or misappropriation.
    • These often include forensic analysis of software, systems, and/or business processes, sometimes including earlier versions, and can also include patent validity and infringement; software specifications including requirements, architecture, and other design artifacts used in developing the system; as well as documentation, marketing, and promotional materials.
  • Information Systems Planning and Management:
    • These cases involve matters such as software defects and product liability, cyber-security breaches, digital data transfer, and practices relating to the management of information systems and telecommunications operations centers.

Dr. Kappelman’s areas of research, teaching, writing, consulting, and litigation support also include:

  • Applications Failure
  • Claim Construction
  • Codes of Ethics for Software and Systems Professionals
  • Computer-Based Information Systems
  • Computer Crime
  • Computer Forensics
  • Computer System Failure
  • Computer Technology Issues
  • Continuity of Government
  • Continuity of Operations
  • Copyright
  • Cyber-Security Breaches
  • Data Conversion
  • Data Migration
  • Digital Data Transfer
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Embedded Software Systems
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • ERP Failure
  • ERP Implementation
  • Failed Software Projects
  • High-Tech Asset Valuation
  • Idea Theft
  • Information Assets Management
  • Information Systems (IS)
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Internet Systems
  • IS Management Practices
  • IT Strategic Planning
  • IT System Risk
  • Management of Information Systems
  • Management of Information Technology
  • Markman Hearings
  • Organizational Change Management
  • Patents
  • Performance Measurement
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Software Architecture
  • Software Copyright Infringement
  • Software Defects
  • Software Design
  • Software Development
  • Software Engineering Practices
  • Software Failure
  • Software Implementation Failure
  • Software Intellectual Property
  • Software Licensing
  • Software Patent Infringement
  • Software Patent Validity
  • Software Performance Testing
  • Software Product Liability
  • Software Project Failure
  • Software Project Management
  • Software Requirements
  • Software Testing
  • Software Trade Secret Infringement
  • Software Verification and Validation
  • Source Code
  • System Analysis
  • System Architecture
  • System Design
  • System Vendor Platform Differences
  • Telecommunications Management Practices
  • Trade Secrets
  • Troubled Software Projects
  • Website Performance Testing
  • Website Traffic Forensics