Monday, March 18, 2013

Lawsuit Summary - Trebro Manufacturing vs. Firefly Equipment et al.

Plaintiff: Trebro Manufacturing
Defendants: Firefly Equipment and Steven R. Aposhian
A patent infringement case (1:13-cv-00036) was filed on Mar 14, 2013 in the Montana District Court. The patents involved in this case and their details are as follows:
Patent Number
Current Assignee[*]
Issue Date
Expiry Date[†]
May 25, 2010
Feb 02, 2026
Method and Apparatus for
Harvesting and Picking Up Sod
Dec 25, 2012
Feb 02, 2026
Method and apparatus for harvesting and picking up sod
Source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database
Trebro Manufacturing Inc. is a private company, manufacturing farm equipment. Firefly Equipment is engaged in designing and manufacturing parts for turf harvesters.
The complaint says that, Aposhian was an employee of the Trebro when he wrote a computer program called AutoSlab. He left the company and founded a new company Firefly Equipment in the year 2010. Firefly started making use of the program ‘ProSlab’ in connection with sod harvesting machines, which infringes the above patents. 
Plaintiff in the past has filed a patent infringement case (1:2004cv00150) against Jacobsen, Division of Textron Inc. on Nov 17, 2004, which is closed. 
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[*] MaxVal offers Patent Assignment Alert service where subscribers receive email alerts when assignments relating to target applications, patents or entities of interest are recorded.
[†] Expected expiration date. Patent Term Estimator is a free web-based tool that automatically calculates patent terms and expiration dates for U.S. utility patents.

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