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Houweling’s settles patent infringement lawsuit


December 12, 2016
By Dave Harrison

Dec. 12, 2016, Delta, B.C. – Houweling’s has settled its patent infringement lawsuit against Little Leaf Farms, LLC, of Devens, Massachusetts.

In the lawsuit, Houweling’s alleged that Little Leaf infringed Houweling’s U.S. Patent No. 8,707,617, titled “Greenhouse and Forced Greenhouse Climate Control System and Method.”

Little Leaf farms admitted that the asserted Houweling’s patent is valid and has agreed to pay Houweling’s a royalty for its use of Houweling’s patented greenhouse technology.

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As a leader in the greenhouse industry, Houweling’s has developed many novel advancements in greenhouse technologies and has invested considerable time and resources into ensuring that Houweling’s remains on the forefront of greenhouse development and crop production.

PATENT PROTECTION FOR NOVEL SYSTEMS

To this end, it has obtained patent protection for its novel greenhouses and, air/gas distribution systems.

Throughout the years, Houweling’s has continually enforced its patent rights against infringers attempting to misappropriate or otherwise “piggyback” on Houweling’s protected technology.

The development of these proprietary technologies comes with high risk and capital investment,” said company chairman Casey Houweling.

“Upon securing the patents and believing these technological advancements are significant to our industry, we made them available through a reasonable royalty structure. This provides an avenue for others to gain access to the technology, while providing an opportunity to recover a portion of the development costs.”


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