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Nikon snaps at Dutch, German rivals: You stole our chip etch lens tech!

paulf
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@ Named coward

I think you've kinda missed my point. It's not that they're obligated (or should be forced) to strike a license deal because of something like FRAND obligations. My point was that Nikon has an underlying and slightly perverse incentive (via the law of unintended consequences) to NOT strike a deal because going to court could land them a bigger payout than they'd get from having completed a reasonable negotiation to both sides mutual benefit.

To put it another way - instead of leaving the goose get on and lay the golden eggs they've decided to cut it open; in court.

Unfortunately for us all (El Reg stories + forums passim) the only ones enriched by that kind of strategy is the lawyers.

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