Cow Rumination Monitor Lawsuit Settled

Cow Rumination Monitor Lawsuit Settled

Source: Lindsay, Stone & Briggs Law Firm

On June 4, 2015, The United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin entered its final opinion and order terminating the patent infringement case filed by SCR Engineers Ltd. and VocalTag Ltd. against Agis Automatisering and its CowManager product. The court found as a matter of law that the Agis CowManager system does not infringe and dismissed the case accordingly.

In his opinion, the judge ruled that Agis does not infringe either of the patents asserted by SCR and VocalTag. In their complaint, filed in September 2013, SCR and VocalTag had alleged that Agis's CowManager system infringed U.S. Patent number 7,350,481, entitled "Method And System For Monitoring Physiological Conditions Of, And/Or Suitability Of Animal Feed For Ruminant Animals," and U.S. Patent number 7,878,149, entitled "Method And Device For Detecting Estrus."  The judge concluded that the CowManager system detects rumination and determines estrus in a manner different than those claimed in the SCR and VocalTag patents.

Agis was successfully represented before the district court by Jon Margolies, Kathy Schill, and Andrew Dufresne of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

Gerard Griffioen, founder and CEO of Agis, has invested substantial resources and years of dairy farming knowledge in the development of CowManager. The CowManager SensOor, a revolutionary ear tag with heat detection and health and nutrition monitoring capabilities is used by a large and rapidly growing number of farmers worldwide. CowManager helps producers improve efficiency while taking care of animal welfare and food safety.

CowManager will continue its focus on developing and marketing innovative and high-tech solutions for large dairy herds. The product's parent company, Agis, has a 30-year history of developing technology solutions for dairy farmers and was founded by multi-generation dairy farmers in Harmelen, the heart of the Dutch dairy industry.

CowManager is sold and supported in the U.S. through Select Sires.


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