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Issue Date: Vol. 53, No. 6, June 2013, Posted On: 5/31/2013

Rogers Family Co. Wins Keurig Patent Infringement Lawsuit

Emily Jed
TAGS: K-Cup patent, Keurig brewers, The Rogers Family Co., single-serve coffee market, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Rogers single-serve OneCup line, coffee news

BOSTON -- The Rogers Family Co. said that a Boston court has ruled that the Lincoln, CA-based coffee company did not infringe on the patents for Keurig's single-serve K-Cups.

Keurig, owned by Waterbury, VT-based Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, had sued Rogers last year, alleging that its single-serve OneCup line infringed on three of its patents, one relating to visual design and two relating to functionality.

Two patents related to Keurig's K-Cup expired last September, opening the doors for other companies to roll out their own Keurig-compatible solutions. But the patents Green Mountain claimed Rogers Family Co. infringed are not the ones that expired.

Rogers argued that its OneCup technology, launched two years ago under its San Francisco Bay brand, was unique and produced after years of research.

Rogers announced on May 29 that the U.S. District Court in Boston ruled in its favor. The company said the court decided that the overall appearance of its OneCup cartridge is clearly different than that of Keurig's K-Cups. The court also said that Keurig users have the right to purchase cartridges from whatever source they choose.

"This is a great victory for the Rogers family and our customers," The Rogers Family Co. president Jon Rogers said. "There is no longer any doubt about our ability to sell our OneCup products for use in Keurig brewers."

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