The State of Software Design for Safety and Security

In this technology brief, we present key findings from Barr Group's 2018 Embedded Systems Safety and Security Survey that is relevant to lawyers engaging in litigation over the design of electronics and software.

Best Practices in Embedded Software Source Code Discovery

This article enumerates six best practices for embedded software source code discovery and the rationale for each. 

Case Study: Lethal Software Defects - Patriot Missile Failure

During the Gulf War, twenty-eight U.S. soldiers were killed and almost one hundred others were wounded when a nearby Patriot missile defense system failed to properly track a Scud missile launched from Iraq. The cause of the failure was later found to be a programming error in the computer embedded in the Patriot’s weapons control system.

Reducing Litigation Costs: Software Copyright Infringement Detection Tools

In a previously supported case of alleged software copyright infringement, the plaintiff brought suit against the defendant for allegedly continuing to use the plaintiff’s copyrighted software source code in the defendant’s products after termination of a license agreement between the parties.  Fortunately, automated tools helped experts to quickly and inexpensively detect copying of software source code.

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