Design Patent Case Digest: Keurig, Inc. v. JBR, Inc.

Decision Date: May 24, 2013 -

Court: D. Massachusetts -

Patents: D502,362 -

Holding: Defendant’s motion for summary judgment of non-infringement GRANTED -

Opinion: Plaintiff Keurig, Inc. sued JBR, Inc. in November 2011 for infringement of U.S. Design Patent No. D502,362 entitled “Disposable Beverage Filter Cartridge.” Keurig obtained its patent in 2005 to cover a design for single-use coffee filters that may be used with its coffee brewers, but it does not use this design in its products. JBR sells OneCups, another single use coffee filter, for use in Keurig’s brewers as an alternative to Keurig’s K Cups (not covered by the ’362 patent). In response to the suit, JBR moved for summary judgment based on non-infringement of the ’362 patent. Summary judgment resolves a dispute without completing the entire trial process, and thus is only appropriate when a party fails to “establish the existence of an element essential to [it]s case” for which it bears the burden of proof. Here, that element is the substantial similarity between the OneCups design and Keurig’s patented design.

Please see full Digest below for more information.

LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.

Written by:

Published In:

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. | Attorney Advertising

Don't miss a thing! Build a custom news brief:

Read fresh new writing on compliance, cybersecurity, Dodd-Frank, whistleblowers, social media, hiring & firing, patent reform, the NLRB, Obamacare, the SEC…

…or whatever matters the most to you. Follow authors, firms, and topics on JD Supra.

Create your news brief now - it's free and easy »

All the intelligence you need, in one easy email:

Great! Your first step to building an email digest of JD Supra authors and topics. Log in with LinkedIn so we can start sending your digest...

Sign up for your custom alerts now, using LinkedIn ›

* With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name.