Deere Sues Precision Planting for 12 Patent Infringements

June 4, 2018 11:52 AM
 
This past week Deere & Company took legal action against Precision Planting and owner AGCO Corporation, claiming the companies infringed on 12 John Deere patents. These patents relate to the ExactEmerge platform.

This past week Deere & Company took legal action against Precision Planting and owner AGCO Corporation, claiming the companies infringed on 12 John Deere patents. These patents relate to the ExactEmerge platform.

“The lawsuit states that product made or sold by Precision Planting, including vSet seed meters along with SpeedTube products, infringe on Deere patents,” the company says. “Deere states in the court filing that it has no licensed or otherwise authorized use of its patents by Precision Planting or AGCO.”

Deere filed the complaint with the U.S. District Court in Delaware and said it has suffered damages and will continue to suffer damages if the infringement continues. The patents protect tools that give farmers accurate seed placement, uniform seed spacing and even crop emergence while planting at faster speeds.

“AGCO Corporation is aware of claims by Deere related to Precision Planting patents,” says Kelli Cook, public relations North America manager for AGCO in an emailed statement to AgWeb. “Any claim that alleges products made or sold by Precision Planting infringe on Deere patents are believed to be without merit and will be vigorously disputed. AGCO and Monsanto are jointly cooperating on the legal defense of these claims.”

This isn’t the first time Deere has sued Precision Planting and had even begun discussing related claims in 2017 when the company was owned by Monsanto, she adds.

John Deere had previously tried to buy Precision Planting, only to be blocked by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Mad farmer
Union, SD
6/4/2018 10:06 PM
 

  Precision planting was started by a guy that was tired of John Deere planters doing a terrible job. He and his team developed products to make those planters do a quality job which most likely led to sales of more John Deere planters because with Precision Planting equipment they would actually do a good job. Also, John Deere tried to buy Precision Planting because they knew Precision Planting products made their own planters better. The deal feel through and now John Deere is pissed. This isn't the first time they have done this and it won't be the last. John Deere should get a dose of their own medicine by other manufacturers sueing them for patent rights. Case and point the Axial-flow combine and John Deere's STS (same thing stupid). There is several others but that one really drives the point home.

 
 
efred
Edmore, MI
6/5/2018 12:38 AM
 

  What about the John Deere "Quadtrac" RX Series tractors? I just about fell out of my chair when I saw them introduce them - they're a Steiger with a John Deere hood, cab and green paint!

 
 
Greg R.
Toluca, IL
6/5/2018 10:36 AM
 

  Deere by definition is a Bully! No other company can rest so heavily on its loreals. While they do make some great products, their planting products left a lot of room for improvement. So thank God for Greg Sauder and his vision in building Precision Planting. Everyone, not just the Precision customers, owe him a large thankyou for taking planter technology beyond the restraints of corporate Companies like Deere. Deere reminds me of Jim Jones, "Just drink the cool-aid!"

 
 

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