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Synopsys vs. Mentor Is Cadence Paying Attention?

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

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.

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John Cooley Offers DAC Entertainment

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

John Cooley just published the first group of “edgy” questions submitted for his troublemaker panel at DAC. I must say the questions are almost all relevant, but very few will be answered. All the questions related to lawsuits, all the questions related to market share, all the questions related to top users of a specific product, all questions related to possible acquisitions, and all questions that ask why executives of a particular company are apparently stupid will of course not be answered. So, the collection of questions is a very well thought out vehicle to let users and competitors blow out steam, but certainly not to shed light on the industry. This will be another “EDAC CEO Panel” style event. It may make for good entertainment, John is always entertaining, but will yield very little knowledge.

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