Houweling’s Settles Patent Infringement Lawsuit With Little Leaf Farms, LLC.
CAMARILLO, CA - Houweling’s has announced that it has settled its patent infringement lawsuit against Little Leaf Farms, LLC, of Devens, Massachusetts. The lawsuit alleged that Little Leaf infringed Houweling’s U.S. Patent No. 8,707,617, titled “Greenhouse and Forced Greenhouse Climate Control System and Method.”
“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.”
According to a press release, Little Leaf Farms admitted that the Houweling’s patent is valid and has agreed to pay Houweling’s a royalty for Little Leaf’s use of Houweling’s patented greenhouse technology.
Houweling’s has developed many advancements in greenhouse technologies, investing both time and resources into ensuring that Houweling’s stays at the forefront of greenhouse development and crop production. To achieve this distinction, Houweling’s has obtained patent protection for its novel greenhouses and air/gas distribution systems. Houweling’s has a history of continually enforcing its patent rights against infringers attempting to misappropriate or otherwise “piggyback” on Houweling’s protected technology.
The company says it intend to continue enforcing its patent rights against any and all infringers, in both the United States of America, as well as in foreign jurisdictions such as Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Canada, and Mexico. Additionally, Houweling’s will “vigorously defend” any challenges to its patents worldwide, exhausting all avenues of appeal.
Houweling’s likens its commitment to defending its intellectual property rights to its commitment to the development of new and innovative technology, confirming that it will continue in this commitment to be a world leader in innovation and to protect its investments.