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Husch Blackwell Prevails for Farmobile in Trade Secret Litigation

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Husch Blackwell scored a complete victory on summary judgment for Farmobile LLC in U.S. District Court in connection with a lawsuit brought by Farmers Edge alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and seeking a judgment be entered declaring Farmers Edge to be the owner of certain Farmobile intellectual property.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon dismissed all claims brought by Farmers Edge, writing that Farmers Edge “failed to identify any use or disclosure of the alleged trade secrets” and that it failed to sustain “its burden to show that it is entitled to the requested damages or equitable relief in the form of assignment of Farmobile’s patent rights.”

Farmobile’s counterclaims remain pending for trial, which is set to begin on May 21.

Based in Leawood, Kansas, Farmobile is an independent farm data company, whose technology enables farmers to collect, share and monetize their farm data to improve efficiencies and increase farm revenues. Its founders—Jason Tatge, Heath Gerlock and Randy Nuss—are former employees of a company acquired by Farmers Edge.

The Husch Blackwell team was led by Marnie Jensen and included Kamron Hasan, Ryann Glenn, Dustin Taylor, Sierra Faler, Tricie Loudon and Audrey Murphy. Former Husch Blackwell partner Joan Archer led Farmobile’s in-house effort as the company’s General Counsel.