1. Understanding Patents for geeks
  2. Career: The new EDAIndia Recruitment Board 
  3. Outsourcing: Will it really lead to demisis of the US job industry?
  4. Technology
  5. Industry

Patents

An Engineer is measured by the IP he creates. Most of the time it is not the IP creation but the IP protection technique that is used to measure the work done by an engineer. So finally what it boils down to is
  1. how many patents have you filed.
  2. How many papers have you published.
  3. Is any IP created by you treated as trade secret?

We try to understand the different IP protection techniques in our article Patents for Geeks

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  • Court Denies Synopsys' Request for Preliminary Injunction on Re-Examination, Magma Announces
  • Career 

  • The best candidates are not on Job boards because they are not looking for jobs. The traditional method to reach such candidates is to post in the forum frequented by the desired applicant demographic. EDAIndia provides such a forum for IC design engineers in India. Today we launch the  EDAIndia job board
  •  What can you post
    1. Any job postings which contain the Name of the actual recruiting company.
    2. Jobs available through internal referrals
    3. Jobs related to IC design and embedded systems
  • Other Links:
  • How to Get a Job By Asking for It Link CareerJournal | How to Get a Job By Asking for It
  • Outsourcing

    It was Late 2004 Bush had just won the election where outsourcing was a major Issue. I was having coffee with a bunch of engineers when one of them declared that their company had just declared a major round of Layoff. While it is Indian tendency to suspect a conspiracy in everything, it did seem fishy that the layoff announcement took place immediately after and not before the elections. one should have waited until just after the elections to announce a decision taken 6 months back. Last month we reported that the US Government had indeed suppressed a report on outsourcing which stated that " U.S. chip makers are accelerating the offshoring of design work to Asia at the expense of skilled engineering jobs at home". This month In our outsourcing picture we have a story which wonders whether Offshoring will mean an end to Hi-Tech Jobs in US Our readers point out that US faced a similar scenario back in the 80's when the Japanese beat them in the semiconductor manufacturing sector,I quote

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    " When it became clear they could no longer dominate Japanese firms on the basis of production technology alone, American firms attempted to consolidate their comparative advantage in research and development... American companies began to lobby Congress...In 1984, Congress created a new form of intellectual property right, called mask rights,... Texas Instruments and National Semiconductor were both tottering on the verge of bankruptcy. transform the semiconductor industry from a manufacturing industry to a service industry, just as the postindustrial utopians would have them do it. According to one industry insider, James Koford of LSI Logic, "Silicon Valley and Route 128 are worlds of intellectual property, not capital equipment and production. Most of the employees of U.S. high technology live in southeast Asia"In 1987, Texas Instruments raised its royalties on chips to 5 percent (Dwyer et al 1989, p. 79). The company filed a suit against one Korean and eight Japanese semiconductor companies, accusing them of infringing semiconductor patents. The settlements yielded the company more than $600 million in payments, according to a 1990 report. The company became so aggressive in seeking royalties that by 1992 it earned $391 million in royalties, compared to an operating income of only $274 million"

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    Other news in this category 

  • Technology

    For an engineer working in the wireless communications domain the variations in the medium characteristics has always been a cause for concern. IEEE Wireless communication's August Issue is a special Issue on Smart antennas. The August special issue of "IEEE Wireless Communications" (v. 13, no. 4) takes an in-depth look at advances in smart antennas. The issue explores topics such as the industrial embrace of smart antennas and MIMO; coding over space and time for wireless systems; mimo-ofdm systems: basics, perspectives, and challenges; dynamic multi-user resource allocation and adaptation; the interplay of link layer and physical layer under mimo enhancement; and network coordination for spectrally efficient communications.
  • Industry

    In August we had Intel selling off its Communication business. September saw two companies Philips semiconductor and Freescale being take over by Investor groups. What will October bring us?