Inventor settles lawsuit over patenting technology to help feed livestock

A High Court dispute over alleged infringement of an inventor’s patent for an attachment used to load and cut large bales of plastic-wrapped feed for livestock has been settled after arbitration.

Earlier this year, Peter Cunnane and his company, Cashels Engineering Ltd of Aghamore, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo, brought suit against ProDig Attachments Ltd of Newtown, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow for infringement of Mr Cunnane’s patent on his device, which is fitted to tractors or excavators to make the animal feeding business easier and faster.

ProDig has launched a device called the ProDig ProSlice, which Mr. Cunnane claimed infringes the patent for his device, which he filed in 2012 and was granted four years later.

Mr. Cunnane said in an affidavit that there had been previous alleged infringements of the patent by ProDig relating to attachments, which he believed would not be viewed as a threat to his business given the volume of those products marketed.

As a result, Mr. Cunnane did not pursue any legal proceedings as, in his opinion, it did not seem worthwhile from a commercial point of view.

However, he said the ProSlice was launched in November 2021 and that it represented “a very significant escalation of the defendant’s violations”. The new device “resembles even more closely” Cashels’ products and the similarities are quite obvious when looking looking at them side by side, he said.

Requests to ProDig to stop the violations have been denied, he also said.

Talks to resolve the matter have been ongoing since last July, when the matter was brought before the expedited commercial court. After successful talks, Judge Denis McDonald was told that the case was settled and could be dropped. Inventor settles lawsuit over patenting technology to help feed livestock

Fry Electronics Team

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