reverse engineering

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Legally sanctioned method of copying a technology which (as opposed to starting from scratch) begins with an existing product and works backward to figure out how it does what it does. When the product's basic principle or core concept is determined, the next step is to reproduce the same results by employing different mechanisms to avoid any (legally forbidden) patent infringement. A common practice worldwide, reverse engineering is responsible for the ubiquitous 'IBM Compatible' computers, and is called emulation in software industry.

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The engineers in the United States made a series of technological advancements during the 1940's largely due to the shady benefits of reverse engineering.
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The reverse engineering engaged in by the software developer was brilliant as he was able to identify the entire process.
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If another company has a patent on something and you want to make it to you will need to use reverse engineering to figure it out.
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