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Houweling’s settles patent infringement claim

Houweling’s Group, a leading vegetable grower, propagator and marketer, with operations in Delta, BC, Camarillo, CA, Mona, UT, and Loveland, CO, has settled its patent infringement lawsuit against Little Leaf Farms LLC in Devens, MA.hou

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 Little Leaf’s use of Houweling’s patented greenhouse technology.

In a press release announcing the settlement, Houweling’s said it 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. To this end, Houweling’s 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 firms attempting to misappropriate or otherwise “piggyback” on Houweling’s protected technology.

“The development of these proprietary technologies comes with high risk and capital investment,” Casey Houweling, chairman of Houweling’s, said in the press release. “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.”