Reverse Engineering

Reverse engineering is a process by which a completed product is deconstructed into its basic components to discover details of its design and composition. This knowledge is often necessary to prove infringement in patent litigation, and may be a useful tool for failure analysis. Exponent offers expertise in reverse engineering products across several fields including:

Exponent’s consultants are highly trained in the use of equipment and methods that lend themselves to reverse engineering such as:


  • Circuit tracing
  • Destructive analysis and cross-sectioning
  • Logic design schematic tracing
  • Optical microscopy
  • Scanning electron microscopy
  • Transmission electron microscopy
  • X-ray and CT scanning
  • Chemical analysis
  • Software disassembly

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