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Drawing Accurate Forensic Conclusions

Written by DFM Team


Drawing Accurate Forensic Conclusion

This article presents some of the thought processes involved in performing forensic analysis of software and hardware for intellectual property litigation. One consistent rule of any forensic analysis is that the objective facts must be considered first. Once an analysis has been performed using forensic tools and procedures, you can then begin looking at subjective evidence like comments in the code. But if the information in that subjective evidence conflicts with the objective analysis, you need to doubt the subjective evidence. This means that quantitative measures must be used first to determine objective facts, subjective evidence can be used next to make further deductions, and reason must be used to reach reasonable conclusions.

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