Design & Reuse adds advanced IP Customer Reporting Features to its IP intranet Management Provider Station (IPMS™) and delivers a next generation Audit Support Engine
Grenoble, France - Jan 18, 2017
Design & Reuse ("D&R") today announced the addition of a new customer reporting feature to its IP Provider Station. This feature relies on a Royalty Function Library that is shared between Licensor ("provider") and Licensee ("consumer") and provides a next generation Audit Support Engine.
For two decades, D&R has been delivering its configurable IP intranet management system, IPMS, to support both IP providers and IP consumers. More recently, the company has been focusing its attention on improving the business communication process between Licensors an Licensees.
For IP providers, the original focus of IPMS was to import IP versions directly from the provider's design environment, to create and document these custom IP configurations online, and to store them as "IP shelf deliveries" in the IP delivery repository. From there, they could be securely downloaded. In the latest release, the emphasis enhancing the IPMS "Extranet" Front End which supports customer access, and adding more Customer Relationship Management (CRM) features.
For IP consumers in previous releases, the emphasis was on supporting Third Party IP procurement through the creation of an extensible Python royalty function library covering commonly used IP provider "royalty (calculation) templates". With the addition of the ability to track the presence of IP in electronic products and product shipments in the latest release of IPMS, IP consumers can now calculate the current fees and royalties due to each provider, control the payment schedule, and even generate payment forecast.
A Business Process that is in Sync between IP providers and consumers
- The front-to-back business process supported by the platform starts with a licensing agreement signed between the Licensor (provider) and Licensee (consumer). This agreement defines all fees due to the Licensor (licensing fees, maintenance fees, etc.) as well as the appropriate royalty function to be used in calculating royalties for IP covered by the agreement.
- The agreement, in turn, determines the Licensee's obligations in terms of "IP Usage Report" format, which contains the IP royalty function parameters, and the periodicity with which a "Product Shipment Volume Report" on products integrating the licensed IP must be delivered by the Licensee.
- On the licensor side, based on agreement details, payment requests can be generated payment due dates. To promote a more regular flow of payments, two types of Periodic Reminders from the Licensor to the Licensee can be configured: one regarding the provision of shipment records, and another regarding any due payments.
At any time, fees which are due or have been paid are displayed on the Licensor platform. This fee status data can be shared with licensee, ensuring that both Licensees, ensuring that both Licensees and Licensors are kept in sync on current billing and payment status.
Gabriele Saucier, CEO of Design & Reuse, said:
Said Gabriele, "At D&R, we believe that a threefold vision is key to the continued growth, and even survival, of the IP business:
- Increased integration of IP development and business systems;
- Laser focus on the specific needs of the IP SoC business to help IP providers face the next generation's delivery and security challenges, and
- As has been repeatedly stated for many years, consensus between Licensees and Licensors on standards is critical to achieve maximum efficiency through consistency"
Need more Information?
Gabriele Saucier will be talking about the new IP reporting capabilities and other new developments at Design & Reuse at the upcoming D&R Silicon Valley User Community Meeting next week in Santa Clara, CA on Thursday, January 26, 2017. For more information on the upcoming Community Meeting, click here