In a strange twist of reality I learned of the proposed acquisition of EVE by Synopsys because of a legal maneuver by Synopsys. It is not possible for a party to sue another party unless the first party has a material reason for the legal action. Thus the fact that Synopsys filed a Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief against Mentor Graphics on the subject of the legal proceedings that Mentor initiated months ago against EVE is an indication that Synopsys now would be materially damaged by the legal battle in the emulation business.
I have written more than once that the emulation market is plagued with legal wrangling going back to the times of Intergraph, IKOS, and Quickturn. The problem is simple: emulation requires fundamental techniques that cannot be “paraphrased” and still achieve emulation. This fact is one of the clear indications that our patent law has stopped growing with the invention of the spokes of the wheel.