Court hits firm with injunctions over alleged theft of patents from Largan
The China Post news staffA law court has imposed preliminary injunctions on the pending patent rights of a company suspected of stealing commercial secrets from its competition in the second round of a major legal battle between two high-tech manufacturers.
October 26, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
Meanwhile, the plaintiff, Largan Precision Co. Ltd. (大立光電), also is suing Ability Opto-Electronics Technology Co., Ltd. (先進光電), the main defendant and its accomplices, for damages amounting to NT$1.52 billion in a separate civil suit.
The Intellectual Property Court has granted a request for interim relief by imposing preliminary injunctions on the patents two co-defendants are applying for, Yulan Kuo (郭雨嵐), the attorney representing Largan, told reporters yesterday.
The technologies covered by these patents might have been business secrets stolen from Largan, and, now by court order, they are not to be illegally applied, transferred or disposed of until there is a final court ruling, Kuo said, adding the applicants are actually two former employees of Largan.
Meanwhile, Largan is suing Ability Opto-Electronics Technology Co., Ltd., its operator, former president and the two former Largan employees for damages totaling NT$1.52 billion.
Such drastic moves are occasioned by the need to protect the technical know-how Largan has accumulated over a span of 33 years and prevent future leaks, Kuo explained, adding that the leaked technological secrets are part of a manufacturing automation process.
Largan has been relying on its own technological advances for its lead in the industry, and patent rights for the defendants mean putting Largan's top secrets on display in broad daylight, Kuo said, stressing the seriousness of the case.
This is just an attempt to “oust” Largan, Kuo was quoted as saying.
According to the attorney-at-law, Largan had not been aware of the leak until the duo applied for patent rights.
And this represents only the tip of an iceberg, he said, adding Largan will do its best to protect its intellectual property and research discoveries.
Largan had previous requested a court to temporarily freeze the assets of Ability Opto-Electronics Technology Co., Ltd., Kuo said, adding the purpose of the provisional attachment lawsuit was to preserve Largan's creditor rights.
Largan Precision Co., Ltd. is principally engaged in the research, development, design, manufacture and distribution of optical lens modules, real image viewfinders and optoelectronic parts, according to Forbes. The company provides optical lenses and lens sets, which are applied in the manufacturing of scanners, cameras, multifunctional office machines, liquid crystal display (LCD) projectors, digital cameras, mobile phone cameras, digital versatile disk (DVD) players and optical mouses, among others.
Founded on Nov. 19, 1986, Ability Opto-Electronics Technology Co., Ltd., is primarily engaged in R&D and manufacturing of professional optical lens, according to its company profile.