Nikon loses its patent lawsuit against Zeiss and ASML – Ordered to pay €475,000

Jun 13, 2018

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Nikon loses its patent lawsuit against Zeiss and ASML – Ordered to pay €475,000

Jun 13, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Just over a year ago, we reported on a lawsuit filed by Nikon against Zeiss and ASML. They accused the two companies of using Nikon’s patented lithography tech without permission or licenses. Now, a court has ruled that Zeiss and ASML did not infringe upon Nikon’s patent, and has ordered Nikon to pay €475,000 in court fees.

ED reports that the court in The Hague which deals intellectual property has ruled that neither ASML nor Zeiss have violated any Nikon patents. ASML and Zeiss presented older patents of their own on which their products are based. As a result, not only did the court find that they hadn’t broken Nikon’s patent, but that Nikon’s patent wasn’t even valid. The court annulled Nikon’s patent and all claims.

Nikon says that they disagre with the ruling of the court, and that they will “appeal the decision and continue to pursue fair competition through the enforcement of its intellectual property rights in all legal proceedings it has filed against ASML and Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH in the Netherlands, Germany and Japan” (Google translated).

So, while this battle may have been lost by Nikon, it seems that the war wages on.

More information on the ruling can be found here.

[via Nikon Rumors]

 

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One response to “Nikon loses its patent lawsuit against Zeiss and ASML – Ordered to pay €475,000”

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    Wes Dickinson

    Nikon files patent lawsuits (and lose one of those lawsuits). Meanwhile, Sony innovates some fine cameras. Nikon is quickly going down the road of “has-been”.