Silicon Valley Code Camp : October 5th and 6th 2013
Bob Zeidman is the president and founder of Zeidman Technologies where he invented the patented SynthOS™ program for automatically generating real-time software. He is considered a pioneer in the fields of analyzing and synthesizing software source code.
Bob is a prolific writer and instructor, giving seminars at conferences around the world. Among his publications are numerous articles on engineering and business as well as five textbooks, Designing with FPGAs and CPLDs, Verilog Designer's Library, Introduction to Verilog, The Software IP Detective’s Handbook, and Just Enough Electronics to Impress Your Friends and Colleagues. He is also author of the award-winning novels The Amazing Adventure of Edward and Dr. Sprechtmachen, Horror Flick, and Good Intentions as well as the award-winning but as-yet unproduced screenplays Sex and Violence, The Amazing Adventure of Edward and Dr. Sprechtmachen, and Horror Flick.
Bob is the recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Engineer in a Specialized Field from the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section for Innovative Contributions in the Area of Forensic Software Analysis. He holds numerous patents and earned two bachelor's degrees, in physics and electrical engineering, from Cornell University and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
This course explains all about software intellectual property including how IP laws protect your inventions and your code, why you need this protection, and how to utilize it to your advantage. It begins with a description of different kinds of IP including copyrights, patents, and trade secrets. Then it describes various parts of a patent and key issues to understand about each part. It describes the patent process that can last for several years and how hardware and software companies, startup companies, and individuals can use patents to their advantage to protect their intellectual property. Finally the course relates actual patent cases, including personal experiences of the instructor as an expert witness on some of the largest cases of the last and current millennium.