Calif. coffee firm wins patent lawsuit against Keurig
The Rogers Family Company of California said it has won a patent lawsuit filed last year by Keurig, which claimed that Rogers' single serve coffee product --- OneCup --- infringed on patents that Keurig controls.
"I am pleased to announce that the US District Court in Boston ruled that the Rogers Family Company's OneCup products do not infringe any of the Keurig patents," company president Jon B. Rogers said in a statement. "There is no longer any doubt about our ability to sell our OneCup products for use in Keurig brewers."
Keurig is a line of single-serve brewing machines and K-Cup coffee packs from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. of Vermont. Much of Keurig's operations are in Massachusetts.
In an e-mailed statement, a Keurig spokeswoman wrote: "We are obviously disappointed in the ruling, and we disagree with judge's decision on the patent issues. We have reviewed the decision at a cursory level and will be examining it more closely over the coming days to determine our best path forward with respect to this lawsuit."
In an unrelated press release issued Wednesday, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters said it had reached a multiyear agreement to make the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf brand available in K-Cup packs for the Keurig single cup brewing system.