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MVTec accuses lens-maker of using its products illegally

02 July, 2024

The German machine vision software developer MVTec Software claims that Largan, the world’s largest supplier of camera lenses for smartphones, has been using its products illegally. MVTec has initiated criminal proceedings in Taiwan against Largan and its employees. Largan’s customers include Apple and Samsung.

MVTec says it is working closely with the authorities in Taiwan (where Largan has its headquarters) to find a fair solution for all parties but, “so far, Largan has refused to reach a fair and amicable settlement”.

"There are clear indications that Largan has massively, wilfully and systematically used our software products illegally and thus infringed upon our intellectual property and continues to do so,” says MVTec Software’s managing director, Dr Olaf Munkelt. “As a result, both we and our fair-minded customers are being harmed and put at a competitive disadvantage. It is therefore our duty to take action against those unfair practices.

"We are a family-owned and operated company that has developed into a technology leader since our foundation in 1996,” Munkelt adds. “Our business is guided by the principles of fairness, respect and partnership. We expect the same from other companies. That is why we see ourselves compelled to take action against potential, reported or proven misuse of our intellectual property.”

Munich-based MVTec was spun out of the Technical University of Munich and the Bavarian Research Centre for Knowledge-Based Systems. Its software products for machine vision are used in many sectors and it has more than 4,500 customers worldwide. MVTec employs more than 270 people and has subsidiaries in the US, France, China and Taiwan.

Munkelt: “compelled to take action”

Largan Precision, established in 1987, has around 7,900 employees, and specialises in the research and manufacturing of precision optical plastic lenses. It has about a 30% share of the global market for smartphone camera lenses.

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