AgJunction Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Kubota
Scottsdale, AZ, August 30, 2019 — AgJunction Inc. (TSX: AJX), the Autosteering Company™ (“AgJunction” or the “Company”), has filed a patent infringement lawsuit through its wholly owned U.S. subsidiaries in the Northern District of Georgia against Kubota Corporation and several of its subsidiaries (“Kubota”). The lawsuit alleges that Kubota products violate three AgJunction patents related to automated machine control and implement steering.
“AgJunction has one of the most comprehensive steering and machine control IP portfolios in the industry,” said Bob Barjesteh, vice president of IP and general counsel of AgJunction. “These assets are vital to hands-free steering and machine control functions and are critical components of our corporate strategy. After years of attempting to negotiate a license with Kubota and its suppliers, we are left with no choice but to assert our patents in court.”
The lawsuit seeks monetary damages and an injunction to prevent Kubota from selling in the U.S. any products infringing AgJunction’s patented technology. Specifically named in the lawsuit are Kubota’s M7 Series tractors and their newer updated models with autosteer components.
AgJunction is committed to bringing new technologies and products to the market, along with protecting its products and partners by continuing to enforce its rights against unlicensed use.
AgJunction Inc., the Autosteering Company™ is a global leader of advanced guidance and autosteering solutions for precision agriculture applications. Its technologies are critical components in over 30 of the world’s leading precision Ag manufacturers and solution providers and it holds approximately 200 patents and patents pending. AgJunction markets its solutions under leading brand names including Novariant®, Wheelman™, Whirl™ and Handsfreefarm® and is committed to advancing its vision by bringing affordable hands-free farming to every farm, regardless of terrain or size. AgJunction is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol “AJX.” For more information, please go to AgJunction.com.
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