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reflectioncu   3/20/2012 1:14:24 AM
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If the new patent law renders notebook writings void, then Quickturn is the aggressor in the first place as it infringed on an intact patent. Why then Amr Mohsen is still in Jail??. Is it because he founded the best FPGA for military applications ?? It is a clear set-up case. True, Mohsen did fall in the trap. But he was in the defense position. Those who set it all up for "unclean" political/military purposes are the true criminals no matter what the "American justice" rules.

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Duane Benson   12/14/2011 9:40:10 PM
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This is a very sad case, but as presented, paints a picture far more extreme than just bad judgement or stepping over a line. I'd like to know if this path was in him long before he took it, or did he take a dramatic turn in morality and ethics to go there. I wonder the same things of the likes of the Enron and Worldcom folks. Did they start out willing to rob grandmothers of their savings, or did they drift there little by little over the years.?

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HankWalker   12/14/2011 8:14:37 PM
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If there is one thing that is true in US history, it is that the coverup is always worse than the crime. I was deeply saddened to hear about Amr when the case first broke. As an undergrad at Caltech in 1978, he lectured to us on circuit and memory design once a week in the VLSI design course. The next year I worked with him as the teaching assistant for the course. I learned a tremendous amount from him. He was always a pleasant, engaging, funny person, always willing to help. The person described in this article and emelde's comment is a different person. Sad, very sad.

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emelde   12/6/2011 3:27:48 PM
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I was hired by Amr Mohsen as a consultant at Aptix in the 90s, an in-house gig for most of a year to solve problems for him, problems he was doing his best to convince his Board were being caused by staff. I attended his first meeting with Quickturn. Although I knew Amr socially before working with him, I didn't know him professionally before he hired me. At the time, I'd been immersed in Silicon Valley start-up work for 15 years and thought I'd seen it all. Amr was, by far, the most ego maniacal, tyrannical, malevolently manipulative CEO I witnessed. He habitually lied and misled his staff and Board about critical issues. Because I was close to two Board members, I warned them something disastrous would happen, eventually, because Amr was so psychologically warped. It was the only time I've made a prediction of this nature. I'm no longer in The Valley. Friends, who knew graphic details of my adventures with Amr, called me the day the first story of his misdeeds broke in the local press. I KNEW it would get worse. This is a man who spent his life getting by with incorrigible behavior that should have been stopped. When the primary VC funder of Actel forced Amr out of that company due to his destructive behavior, rather than learning from mistakes he grew bitter and more determined that he could do what he wanted, when he wanted, the way he wanted. He clearly felt entitled, in bizarre ways. And his Svengali methods of controlling his highly competent Board were beyond comprehension. I've noticed, during all of this, no one else who knows the truth (and there are many people who do) has dared to reveal it publicly. I must presume that is because some still fear his wrath, while those who mentored and supported him in the face of gross misconduct must be embarrassed that they really didn't "get it". There was no entrapment except the traps in Amr Mohsen's mind, which led him to believe he could deceive and they would follow. That worked until it didn’t.

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H. Hanafi   10/25/2011 4:18:43 PM
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The author states events but forget the most important fact which led to these events. This is exactly how the judicial system worked in case of Amr Mohsen which led to his indictment. Amr Mohsen might of made a mistake, but it is of most important to understand why the mistakes were made and was Amr Mohsen framed to make these mistakes. As a society, we are trained to judge the outcomes without digging into the facts, Mr. Bailey has fell into this trap. An example is like if a person gets on the bus and someone steps on his/her foot "intentionally" so to get you to swear at him/her ..... once the victim swears, it becomes his fault. A beautiful system we have. The author says, Dr. Amr Mohsen was the Aptix CEO and the sole inventor of their technology. When the patent was asserted against Quickturn he submitted some pages of his log book to validate when he first invented the claim of the patent. However, Quickturn, now part of Cadence noticed some differences between those pages and what had been used to defend the patent originally with the PTO. It appears as if the log book pages had been tampered with. Another unknown and earlier notebook also magically appeared. This is the MOST IMPORTANT PART .... why was a patent already issued by the USPO ten years earlier challenged from the first place and why was Mr. Amr Mohsen asked to o bring a log book to validate it. ????????????????????? An obvious question we all have to ask ourselves first to present a fair story to all. Till this question is answered satisfactory, I have no comment to make different than Mr. Mohsen trial was unfair since there is an obvious possibility of a conspiracy between Quickturn and the judge

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docdivakar   9/22/2011 4:53:00 PM
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@BrianBailey: that would be a great service for some of us involved in IP issues & startups and to the rest of the EE Times community as well. Many chapters of the IEEE in Silicon Valley regularly hold Patent-101's. Having managed IP portfolio in two of my previous jobs, I think 101's are great but engineers still don't get a clear picture of how to translate their technical ideas & concepts into claims. I have interacted with many a patent agent and they seem to rely more on the inventor to guide them. So engineers/inventors need to get good at this and forum like you are considering would be a great portal. Dr. MP Divakar

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BrianBailey   9/19/2011 6:10:35 PM
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Yes - I had to chuckle a little at this, but this should also be a warning to start-up companies - protect before you divulge. as the new editor for EDA DesignLine, I hope to start up a legal corner that will help people navigate the whole area of intellectual property protection.

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BrianBailey   9/19/2011 6:09:07 PM
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You are right. I should have said alleged and in an earlier draft I had mentioned that it was in return for a shortened sentence. Thanks for clarifying.

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docdivakar   9/19/2011 5:00:42 PM
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There are no winners here, it is sad to read what became of Dr. Mohsen. The recent patent law that was signed by Obama would make the notebook entries irrelevant -first to file wins no matter what! MP Divakar

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RTL Design Engineer   9/17/2011 2:59:11 PM
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The whole case stunk of entrapment, based on what I gathered. In my opinion, this was not a fair trial for Dr. Mohsen. You should google "riordan mohsen appeal" to see how his trial had some major issues. Specifically it was the allegation of solicitation to murder a judge, which was presented to jurors along with the false evidence charges, that was a serious issue in the case. The jury had to rule on the false evidence charges before they heard the unconvincing solicitation to murder charges. Mr. Bailey, I take issue with the statement "he tried to get the Judge in the case murdered," though it makes for nice reading and proves the point that the allegation made for an unfair trial. You should have prefixed that with "His jailhouse companion alleged." This jailhouse informant got a ten-year reduction of his sentence for his testimony (not exactly free testimony).

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