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When is reverse engineering performed?

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Reverse engineering is performed under several circumstances. One circumstance is to find out if the competitor's product has elements of patent infringements. Another circumstances is to study a process or an manufactured article. One of the most common situations in which reverse engineering is used is when armies, air force, or navy seeks to copy technologies from other countries (1). Such reverse engineering is widely used during war and during espionage. for instance the K-13 missile made by the Russians has been reverse engineered from the AIM-9 Sidewinder. Reverse engineering is used to understand how a integrated circuit has been ...

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