Ritek's Chief Executive Yeh Chwei-Chin, who is also the deputy head of Taiwan's CD-R industrial association, admitted that the anti-Philips alliance would find it more difficult to bargain with Philips for what they consider a more reasonable patent fee, after losing the two top CD-R makers, Ritek and CMC. Yeh vowed that Ritek would not abandon its efforts to vie for a fairer patent fee charge in favor of other CD-R companies, even though Ritek had been at the point of making contract terms.
While the disagreement between Taiwanese CD-R makers and Philips continues, Sony Japan is said to have formally notified Taiwan's CD-R companies that its representatives will be visiting Taiwan to negotiate its patent fees. Local CD-R makers expect that Sony is likely to be a more flexible negotiator, even though it has formally set its patent fee at US$0.025. As Sony expects to benefit by adopting the Philips strategy of charging CD-R patent fees on a case-by-case basis, Taiyo Yuden is expected to follow suit before long..." NULL