DeepRoot Green Infrastructure and DeepRoot Canada Corp are pleased to announce that on May 28, 2021, the Federal Court of Canada ruled in DeepRoot’s favour and granted its patent infringement lawsuit against GreenBlue Urban. The Court found that GreenBlue Urban’s RootSpace products infringe Canadian Patent Nos. 2,552,348 and 2,829,599 and granted an injunction prohibiting Greenblue Urban from making, using or selling the RootSpace products in Canada. The Court also fully upheld the validity of DeepRoot’s innovation, rejecting GreenBlue’s allegations that DeepRoot’s patents were invalid. In addition, damages for past infringement and litigation costs were awarded to DeepRoot.
The two patents cover technology developed by DeepRoot and used in its Silva Cell to create a more sustainable environment and mitigate the effects of climate change using green infrastructure. DeepRoot CEO Graham Ray stated “DeepRoot believes in the power of innovation to combat climate change and create a more sustainable urban environment. We created the global soil cell market and GreenBlue blatantly copied our technology. It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of our team and keep others accountable for unauthorized use of our technology.”
DeepRoot Green Infrastructure develops solutions to enhance urban forests and surrounding watersheds in city streets, parking lots, campuses, and other heavily-paved areas. Silva Cell, DeepRoot’s flagship product, is an underground framework for containing lightly compacted soil that supports large trees and absorbs stormwater runoff, improving air and water quality, reducing energy loads, mitigating heat island effect and nurturing trees for a long life in their communities. Headquartered in San Francisco with locations in Vancouver, and London, DeepRoot has more than forty-five years of experience helping trees thrive in cities around the world.