In a world where everything from nuclear reactors to the biological life is being patented at a breakneck pace something like reverse engineering services might seem not only a little out of place, but straight-up contrary to the modern trends and possibly even laws. This is a fair argument, to be sure, since reverse engineering has a somewhat shadowy reputation thanks to its history during the World Wars and its occasional use in industrial espionage these days, but all told these services are actually quite legitimate and a very vital function in our new and ever evolving society. When you look at it reverse engineering is actually an essential function in a world where new technology can change entire markets overnight, and is perhaps the primary reason why a few mega corporations do not control nearly everything we own or buy.
These days reverse engineering services are commonly used by companies seeking to either produce a generic equivalent of a popular product, or to copy the original model in order to improve on it and introduce the new and improved product to compete with the original. Provided that the item used as a model was procured legally (ie: buying it off of the shelf rather than stealing a prototype) reverse engineering is entirely legal in the majority of industrialized nations. By allowing companies to reverse engineer breakthrough products regulators ensure that one or two companies do not corner a market and force us, the consumers, to pay exorbitant prices for their products. Competition lowers prices, and so introducing generic or competing products helps us to avoid getting ripped off when we go to buy a DVD player or prescription medication.
Although reverse engineering in the United States is largely concentrated in the industrial sector we should all be grateful to the companies that help manufacturers unravel the secrets of emerging technology in order to create a competitive product. Reverse engineering has helped us win a world war, keep our drug prices lower than they could be, and act as a check to prevent the expansion of monopolies in every aspect of our lives. Pretty awesome, isn’t it?