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The K-Cup Cloner's Dilemma
Better knock offs are currently in the works. Include at least two that in no way violate patents 138, 362 or 478. these have entirely different types of filtering devices.
The important patent suit issue relates to the brew chamber and patents #488 and 138. The Sturm and Rogers suits have to do, mainly with the brew chamber and inducing consumers to violate these patents.
If Keurig looses to Sturm re #362 + 478, it is game "ON" for the knock offs. Quality will not be an issue. In fact many of the current licensees will drop Keurig for better deals else where or make their own. I know of what I speak....BET ON IT.....!
Jul 11, 2012. 03:40 PM
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) becomes the
to Green Mountain Coffee (
), as the retailer says it will launch under its own store brand five types of filtered coffee pods compatible with Keurig brewers; Kroger made a similar move
. GMCR sells the Keurig brewers but makes most of its profits from the K-Cups that go with it.
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Von's sell instant coffee kcups. I assume kroger and Safeway are using the same supply company that produces the instant beverage and will be producing ground coffee kcups when the patents expire in September.
Grn Mtn has hurt themselves with the way they treat their distributors. So look for office suppliers and others to start selling non-Grn Mtn cups.
Starbucks is a joke with their pricing. Just bleeding the consumer for average quality coffee. When will consumers wake up to the Starbuck's scam.
Jun 12, 2012. 07:58 PM
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Green Mountain Coffee Patents: Does The World End In 2012?
Regarding 7,165,488 ("Brew chamber for a single serve beverage brewer," expires December 12, 2023), and 6,606,938 ("Two step puncturing and venting of single serve filter cartridge in a beverage brewer, "D502,362 ("Disposable beverage filter cartridge," expires March 1, 2019).
There are many beverage brewing systems made in Europe, Italy in particular, that incorporate all three of these designs. For example, Caffitaly makes a machine that punctures both the top and bottom of their cup. There are dozens of single serve beverage brewers that use a cup type brew chamber. Many of these use a cup with a foil lid like the K-cup. All the cups and capsules in these European systems are disposable.
Does the size and design of the cup itself have anything to do with the patents? The European cups and capsules are smaller and don't fit a Keurig brewer, however they work in a similar fashion. The filter components in the European brewers vary from paper to plastic and none are welded like the Keurig.
Are the patent claims only applicable to their use in a Keurig brewer? Probably not, Kraft Tassimo as a case in point. However, the new Keurig Vue system punctures and brews like the Tassimo. Both punctures are made on top of the cup rather than one on top and the other at the bottom.
Sturm is not a small company. What is their position? Do you know their planned defense? What are the similarities between Green Mtns interface patents and Nespresso?
May 16, 2012. 02:54 PM
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