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Zeiss, ASML hit back at Nikon in chip-printing patent row

eldakka Silver badge

From the article:


let lapse a three-way patent sharing agreement that had been in place since 2001.


"We have no choice but to file these countersuits. We have tried for many years to come to a cross-license agreement that reflects the increased strength of our patent portfolio," said ASML CEO Peter Wennink.

"Unfortunately, Nikon has never seriously participated in negotiations.

Darth Vader: I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further.

Sounds to me like there was a deal from 2001 until recently. And that it's ASML that wants to change the terms of the deal in its favour for any renewals going forward. So based on just this article, I'm not sure who the bad guy (ASML or Nikon) is here.

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