I had a conversation with a gentleman who used to work at a very large company. (I won’t indicate what kind of company it was and I certainly won’t say which one it was.)
That company, he told me, used to cooperate a lot with a similar large American company. (I won’t say which one that was either.)
At those companies, they used to call their counterparts at the other company instantly when one of them made an exciting discovery. They would ask each other to come over, so that they could teach each other, and share.
Every once in a while, they’d get together and have a conversation that went somewhat like this:
“We gave you that, and well, that’s worth about 50 million. But you gave us this, and that’s also worth about 50 million. You owe us six pence.”
And then they went and had lunch together.
What put a stop to it?