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There is a really good book on the US reaction: “R&D Collaboration on Trial”[0].

[0]: https://www.amazon.com/Collaboration-Trial-Microelectronics-...

Interestingly, it's happening today on a fairly large scale in software--through open source. Open source has removed a lot of the barriers to cooperation because it can happen at least somewhat informally without a lot of the traditional legal and IP paperwork associated with consortia.

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