It's cute (not) when companies use lawsuits to suppress the facts about their own products.
In my industry, we also sign NDAs that prevent bench-marking in order to use certain types of CAD software.
@Viking Is it an actual NDA or it just a EULA? EULAs haven't really proven their enforceability in court.
It could be that the various EDA companies (Cadence, Mentor Graphics, Synopsys) defensively avoid owning the competitor's tools, to prevent ever being accused of pirating anything.
This makes interoperability problems hard to resolve.
@Viking In any major industry, guaranteed the major players own products from their competition for competitive research/marketing purposes. They are almost always bought through indirect channels or acquired via trade-in. There is a certain amount of cat and mouse that goes on around these activities for obvious reasons, but they are difficult to entirely stop.
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