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Inventor Knocks Japan's System After Settlement

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Science  21 Jan 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5708, pp. 337
DOI: 10.1126/science.307.5708.337a

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TOKYO-- Last week Japanese-born engineer Shuji Nakamura blasted his native country's attitude toward innovation following a court-mediated, $8 million settlement of a suit against his former employer for a share of the enormous profits generated by his breakthrough development of a blue-light-emitting diode and work on blue semiconductor lasers.