PlantLab granted U.S. patent for indoor farming


The Dutch company PlantLab was granted its patent for indoor farming technology in the U.S., bringing the total number of countries where the patent has been granted to 74.

In June 2017, after a formal opposition procedure, the company’s European patent was granted by the European Patent Office (EPO). The U.S. patent goes into effect, retroactively, as of 13 October 2008. PlantLab has already entered into licensing agreements with various parties for the use of its patents and is presently negotiating with several more with regard to licensing.

PlantLab’s patent for indoor farming applies to the method used to control the root/substrate temperature as well as evaporation and crop leaf temperature. Many of the current indoor farming systems are potentially infringing the intellectual property of PlantLab.

Last week, PlantLab announced that it had received an initial investment of €20 million of growth capital from Hoge Dennen Capital, the investment company founded by the De Rijcke family, the former owners of Kruidvat. PlantLab will use the investment to open indoor production locations in various locations including the Netherlands, the U.S. and the Bahamas.

Over the last 10 years, PlantLab has succeeded in developing an efficient and breakthrough technology for vertical farming. The new technology makes it possible to grow fresh, healthy, and delicious vegetables on a large scale very close to the consumer without using any chemical crop protection agents.

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