Bob zeidman

Bob Zeidman

High tech entrepreneur, author of The Software IP Detective's Handbook




  • Nov 29, 2014


  • San Francisco Bay Area, United States

    Active Country

  • English, German


  • Practice Areas

  • Specialization


Bob Zeidman is the president of Zeidman Consulting, a premiere contract research and development firm in Silicon Valley and president of Software Analysis and Forensic Engineering Corporation, the leading provider of software intellectual property analysis tools. Bob is considered a pioneer in the fields of analyzing and synthesizing software source code, having created the SynthOS™ program for synthesizing operating systems and the CodeSuite® program for detecting software intellectual property theft. Bob is also one of the leading experts in the Verilog hardware description language as well as ASIC and FPGA design. He has written four engineering texts—The Software IP Detective's Handbook, Verilog Designer's Library, Introduction to Verilog, and Designing with FPGAs and CPLDs—in addition to numerous articles and papers. He teaches engineering and business courses at conferences throughout the world. Bob is an experienced and well-regarded expert in intellectual property disputes related to software source code, microprocessor design, networking, and other technologies. Bob holds a number of 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.

Specialties:Expert witness, software plagiarism detection, intellectual property, patent infringement, copyright infringement, trade secret infringement, embedded systems, hardware development, software development

Work history

Firtiva Corporation
December 2013 – Present (1 year 3 months)Silicon Valley

Doing what it takes to get the company off the ground.

Zeidman Technologies
December 2002 – Present (12 years 3 months)Silicon Valley, CA

Software tools for embedded software development. Created patented SynthOS™ software that automatically synthesizes source code for a real time operating system.

Zeidman Consulting
October 1987 – Present (27 years 5 months)Silicon Valley

Provide engineering hardware and software design services to companies. Provide engineering support and expert witnesses for high-tech litigation. Created patented Molasses® virtualization software that enables a slow speed hardware emulator or prototype to be attached to a high-speed network in order to emulate network hardware in a live system.

Software Analysis and Forensic Engineering Corp.
September 2007 – Present (7 years 6 months)Silicon Valley

Software tools for intellectual property litigation. Created patented BitMatch®, CodeCross®, CodeDiff®, CodeMatch®, CodeSuite®, and SourceDetective® software for efficiently finding correlation between source code files of different programs. CodeMatch has been used to find plagiarism and trade secret theft.

Catherine Kitcho
Catherine Kitcho
Business Author

I've had the great pleasure of providing marketing consulting services to Bob on three different projects. He has proven to be one of my favorite clients, and has the rare combination of technical brilliance and a thorough understanding of business....View

Swiss Creek Publications
June 2012 – Present (2 years 9 months)Silicon Valley
Independent publisher

SamAnna Designs
January 2011 – Present (4 years 2 months)

SamAnna Designs makes practical accessories that are also comfortable. You no longer need to choose between being a secure geek and an uncomfortable, unhealthy fashion plate. Now you can have security, comfort, and health and still be dressed to the nines.

Our first product is the SamAnna Luxury Wallet.

Z Enterprises
May 1986 – Present (28 years 10 months)

Z Enterprises produces inspirational novelty items from Silicon Valley. These posters, mugs, napkins, and T-shirts make great gifts to inspire the inventors and entrepreneurs in your life. They can also give you daily inspiration to follow your high tech dreams.

The Chalkboard Network
January 1999 – December 2002 (4 years)

Created high-end business and engineering courses and hosted them on the Internet. Developed Depth Control®, a unique instructional design methodology for Web-based training.
eVault Remote Backup Service
January 1992 – April 1999 (7 years 4 months)

Invented remote backup. The company closed in 1999 and through a series of events, the intellectual property became part of EVault, which was sold to Seagate in 2007.

Junior Engineer
January 1986 – March 1988 (2 years 3 months)

Designed ASICs for a parallel processor designed for telecom. Company went out of business shortly after I left.

American Supercomputers
September 1985 – December 1985 (4 months)

Designed chips for this mini supercomputer company. Company went out of business in December 1985.

ROLM Corporation
January 1985 – August 1985 (8 months)

Designed chips and wrote firmware for the Hawk mil-spec 64-bit minicomputer. Company was acquired by IBM, then sold to Loral.

April 1983 – December 1984 (1 year 9 months)

Designed chips for the MOS Microprocessor Division. Company later became Philips Semiconductors, then NXP Semiconductors.

Education and qualifications

Stanford University
MS, Electrical Engineering
September 1981 – May 1982

Activities and Societies: Intramural Foosball Championship Team, 1982

Cornell University
BS, Electrical Engineering
September 1977 – May 1981

Cornell University
BA, Physics
September 1977 – May 1981
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