Portland Engineering / Thompson Duke Industrial settle patent dispute for vaporizer device filling machines

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Portland, Oregon – Portland Engineering Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary Thompson Duke Industrial, LLC, (collectively “Portland Engineering”) announce that they have entered into a settlement agreement with Canadian defendants ATG Pharma Inc. and Advanced Integrated Robotics Inc. (collectively “ATG Pharma”), ending the patent disputes between the companies.

Portland Engineering had filed a patent infringement action against ATG Pharma alleging infringement of the U.S. Patent No. 10,440,989. The action was initiated in the United States District Court of Oregon on December 9, 2019, following issuance of the patent on October 15, 2019.


Under the agreement, ATG Pharma has received a non-transferable and non-exclusive license, to the asserted patent. The license, which cannot be sublicensed, covers ATG Pharma’s current RoboCAP VF and ML-1 filling machines for vaporizer devices. The terms of the agreement remain confidential between the parties.

Greg Chase, Communications Director of Thompson Duke Industrial and Portland Engineering spoke on this settlement agreement: “This settlement and licensing agreement brings to a close our patent litigation with ATG Pharma and Advanced Integrated Robotics relating to our patent that includes vaporizer device filling technology,” Chase said, “Thompson Duke Industrial and Portland Engineering will continue to defend our intellectual property rights as we provide innovative technology, including technology for vaporizer device filling machines, to the cannabis industry.”

ATG and AIR state, “They are pleased that this dispute could be resolved amicably between the parties.”

About Thompson Duke Industrial, LLC

Thompson Duke Industrial, LLC is an original equipment manufacturer, a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association and a wholly owned subsidiary of Portland Engineering, Inc. The company’s Portland, Oregon operation designs, manufactures, and distributes a line of patented, cETLus Certified and GMP-ready filling machines specifically designed for filling cannabis oil vaporizer devices, along with mouthpiece fastening machines and process performance and reporting data systems. With over 1,200 filling machines deployed in the cannabis industry, Thompson Duke Industrial is the leader in cannabis oil vaporizer device filling and capping equipment. The complete line of filling and capping machinery enables cannabis processors to be more successful by increasing accuracy, consistency, efficiency and overall throughput of vaporizer device fulfillment operations. https://thompsondukeindustrial.com/

About Portland Engineering, Inc.

Portland Engineering is a control system design and integration engineering firm specializing in industrial automation. Founded in 1992, Portland Engineering provides comprehensive design engineering and systems integration services to industrial manufacturing and process operations, water and wastewater treatment facilities, and power generating plants. Portland Engineering’s Professional Engineers are committed to advancing our customer’s automation challenges by providing redundant, efficient control solutions that optimize value and reliability. Portland Engineering is headquartered in Central Point, OR and is the parent company of Thompson Duke Industrial, LLC. www.portlandengineers.com