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NATICK, MA, USA September 21, 2009

Cognex Receives Second Settlement in Vision Software Patent Dispute

Natick, MA. September 21, 2009--Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX) has accepted a settlement offer from Yxlon International GmbH and its U.S. subsidiary in a dispute concerning the importation and sale of equipment containing MVTec HALCON™ machine vision software. Terms of the settlement between the parties were not made public.

Cognex has alleged in complaints filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and in federal court in Massachusetts that HALCON software, marketed by MVTec Software GmbH, infringes at least three Cognex machine vision patents. The ITC is investigating 20 companies for violating Cognex patents by selling, importing and using MVTec products that contain machine vision technology invented and patented by Cognex. A prior settlement with Multitest Electronische Systeme GmbH was announced on September 8, 2009.

The current settlement agreement releases Yxlon from the ITC investigation. Yxlon is not a party to the federal court lawsuit.

“The recent successes of Cognex in this matter validate the strength of our patents and the claims that we have asserted,” said Todd Keebaugh, Cognex Vice President of Legal Affairs. “Cognex is pleased with Yxlon’s decision to seek settlement of this matter, and we value this as an opportunity to build a successful partnership with Yxlon and its worldwide affiliates going forward.”

CONTACT:
Robin Pratt
Sr. Manager, Corporate Communications
Cognex Corporation
phone: (858) 350-5065
email: robin.pratt@cognex.com

About Cognex

Cognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets a range of products that incorporate sophisticated machine vision technology that gives them the ability to “see.” Cognex products include barcode readers, machine vision sensors, and machine vision systems that are used in factories, warehouses, and distribution centers around the world to guide, gauge, inspect, identify, and assure the quality of items during the manufacturing and distribution process.

Cognex is the world's leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 1 million vision-based products, representing over $4 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company's founding in 1981. Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, USA, Cognex has regional offices and distributors located throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For details visit Cognex online at http://www.cognex.com.

Cognex, PatMax and In-Sight and EasyBuilder are registered trademarks and PatMax RedLine and In-Sight Explorer are trademarks of Cognex Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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