Dawn Equipment Company and Ag Focus LLC settle year-long patent dispute


After nearly two years, Dawn Equipment Company and Ag Focus LLC have reached a settlement agreement ending a patent dispute relating to no till planter technology.  The terms of the settlement resulted in the payment to Dawn by Ag Focus of an undisclosed sum, as well as a patent license being granted to Ag Focus by Dawn contingent on completion of terms and conditions of the agreement. In a recent statement, Joe Bassett, Dawn President, said “We are pleased to win a re-examination victory in each of the asserted patents. The USPTO has confirmed the patentability of our claims after conducting re-examinations requested by AG Focus. Dawn believes in vigorously defending our intellectual property against any infringement, but will try to seek solutions out of court whenever possible.”


Dawn Equipment Company is a Sycamore, Illinois-based manufacturer of ground engaging row crop tools. Since 1993, the company has built top-quality products out of American made components. Working always from first concept, the company develops innovative precision agriculture systems that adapt to constantly evolving farming practices.