Kinze & Ag Leader Owe Deere $16 Million in Planter Lawsuit

An Iowa jury returned a verdict that found Kinze and Ag Leader had infringed on several John Deere patents regarding True Speed/SureSpeed technology. The jury sided with Deere on four claims of patent infringement, but found that Deere did not prove the infringements were willful.

The jury determined John Deere was entitled to recover $2,107,000 in lost profits due to sales of True Speed Planters. The jury also determined Deere is entitled to $14,220,900 in royalty compensation for the infringement.

John Deere first filed the patent infringement lawsuit against Kinze and Ag Leader in late 2020.