Software Forensics: Detecting Software Intellectual Property Theft
August 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bob Zeidman, President, Zeidman Consulting
6:30 Doors Open, Food & Networking
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Software copyright infringement is a problem of growing concern. Intellectual property theft may be purposeful to gain an unfair advantage over a competitor, or it may be unintended as when a programmer takes code from one project and uses it in another project without first obtaining the appropriate rights. In all cases, a standard measure and standard methodology is needed to be able to effectively compare source code from different programs to determine whether theft or infringement occurred. This talk will examine the algorithms of software code correlation and how it is used to find legitimate and illegitimate copying.
Bob Zeidman is considered a pioneer in the fields of analyzing and synthesizing software source code as well as the creator of the field of Software Forensics, having developed the technology behind software correlation and the procedures for identifying copied software code. He is the president and founder of Zeidman Consulting, a premier contract research and development firm in Silicon Valley that provides engineering consulting to law firms regarding intellectual property disputes. He is also the president and founder of Software Analysis and Forensic Engineering Corporation, the leading provider of software intellectual property analysis tools, having pioneered the field. He is also the president and founder of Zeidman Technologies where he invented the patented SynthOS® program for automatically generating an application specific operating system (ASOS). Bob was named the 2010 and 2015 Outstanding Engineer in a Specialized Field from the IEEE for “Innovative Contributions in the Area of Forensic Software Analysis” and the 2018 Cupertino Innovator of the Year.
Bob has been a consultant and testifying expert on over 200 cases involving billions of dollars of intellectual property. An inventor on 22 patents, he has written four engineering books—The Software IP Detective’s Handbook, Verilog Designer’s Library, Introduction to Verilog, Designing with FPGAs and CPLDs, and Just Enough Electronics to Impress Your Friends and Colleagues—in addition to numerous articles and papers. He has also written three award-winning screenplays and three award-winning novels including his latest, Good Intentions, a political satire about a future dystopia. And Bob is the inventor of the Silicon Valley Napkin, all you need to start a high tech company and become fabulously rich.
Bob earned two bachelor’s degrees, in physics and electrical engineering, from Cornell University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. Bob is an advisor and board member for several startups and several nonprofit organizations.