Semiconductor IP Issues that Keep You Up at Night

On Wednesday, September 14th 2016 the ESD Alliance held an evening of networking and discussion around the challenges faced by IP companies and and their users in the fastest growing section of the semiconductor industry, the intellectual property market. The evening event, hosted by Silvaco, opened with an introduction by IP industry veteran Warren Savage, chair of the ESD Alliance’s Semiconductor IP Working Group and General Manager of the IP Division of Silvaco, and was followed by a panel with experts Eric Stein from PwC, Rob Ballow from KPMG, and Norm Kelly from Synopsys.

The massive amount of IP reuse involved in building a modern SoC has created a “big data” problem that is poorly managed by industry standards or methodologies. Instead, IP companies face the situation where their IP may be used without the proper license leading to millions of dollars of lost revenue. Semiconductor companies face different issues but equally troubling as their engineers may inadvertently expose them to potentially huge liabilities as a result of “accidentally” reusing a core without the proper license. Mr. Savage discussed the commonly used practices used in the industry today and also discussed new technologies that may help both buyers and sellers sleep better.

Our panel of leading authorities on IP compliance from two of the biggest auditing firms and the largest EDA company shared their experiences on the best practices they see in the market today and provided advice for audience members that can be put into practice at their own companies.

Video preview of the Semiconductor IP panel. ESD Alliance members can view the full video (login required).

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Warren Savage, General Manger of IP, Silvaco, Inc., and Chair of the ESD Alliance Semiconductor IP Working Group.
Warren Savage serves as the General Manager of Silvaco’s newly formed IP Division as well as Chair of the ESD Alliance Semiconductor IP Working Group. He has spent his entire career in Silicon Valley with engineering and management roles in leading companies including Fairchild Semiconductor, Tandem Computers, Synopsys, and most recently with IPextreme.He is a widely recognized expert in the field of semiconductor intellectual property and with building IP businesses beginning with Synopsys (DesignWare) in 1995 and the founding of IPextreme in 2004, which was acquired by Silvaco in 2016.Warren holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Rob Ballow, Director, US Risk Consulting Advisory Services, KPMG
Based in KPMG’s Silicon Valley office, Rob Ballow is a Director with KPMG LLP’s U.S. Risk Consulting Advisory Services Practice.  He has over 20-years of working experience primarily in the high-tech, semi-conductor, and consumer electronics industry. Rob’s experience includes a variety of contract compliance type services, IP specific process and control analysis, and IP valuation work.  Rob has been involved in over 350 royalty audits, with most of these being run by Rob worldwide.
Eric Stein, Director, Forensic Practice, PwC 
Eric Stein is a Director in PwC’s Forensic practice and specializes in IP, royalty, contract and channel compliance matters.  Eric has over 18 years of experience in various aspects of audit, accounting and financial analysis.  Eric is based in San Francisco, California and has worked for PwC for 13 years.  He specializes in international and domestic royalty and contract compliance matters for clients in the semiconductor and technology sectors.  Eric has led over 100 compliance and investigative engagements throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe.In addition to his twelve year career at PwC, Eric was responsible for leading the license compliance program at NAVTEQ.  Eric was a Senior Manager in the license compliance program at Wind River, an Intel subsidiary.  Eric has spoken to audiences on the topics of IP, royalty and contract compliance on multiple occasions throughout the U.S.
Norm Kelly, Director of License Compliance, Synopsys
Norm has been with Synopsys for over twenty years, spending most of that time in the IP Group at Synopsys in various roles including Director of Business Development, Corporate Applications Director, and Marketing Director. For the past five years, he has been the Director of License Compliance for Synopsys with responsibilities for ensuring that all users of Synopsys IP and tools are compliant with their Synopsys agreements. This includes responsibility for IP Usage and Royalty customer audits, including foundries, IP OEMs, and end users, as well as Synopsys’ Anti-Piracy programs for both software and IP.
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 Warren Savage, General Manager of IP, Silvaco, Inc.
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