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ASML files patent countersuit against Japan’s Nikon

April 28, 2017 By Wout Vergauwen (Reuters) – ASML, the world’s third largest semiconductor equipment maker, said on Friday it had counter-sued rival Nikon, after the Japanese company launched a wide-ranging patent battle against the Dutch company this week. ASML’s lawsuits involve semiconductor manufacturing equipment, flat panel display manufacturing equipment and digital cameras. They were brought in Japan by ASML on its own and jointly with its partner Carl Zeiss [CZTOP.UL], a German maker of optical systems and medical devices, ASML said in a statement. ASML dominates the market for…

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Nikon files patent case against ASML, Carl Zeiss over lithography tech

April 24, 2017 FRANKFURT/TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Nikon Corp on Monday said it has initiated legal action against ASML Holding NV and Carl Zeiss AG [CZTOP.UL], saying the Dutch and Germany companies used its lithography technology without its permission. Nikon, the world’s eighth-largest chip equipment maker, said it had filed patent infringement cases in the Netherlands, Germany and Japan against ASML, which makes semiconductor lithography machines, and Carl Zeiss, ASML’s optical supplier. “ASML and Zeiss employ Nikon’s patented technology in ASML’s lithography systems, which are used globally to manufacture semiconductors,…

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