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Keurig, Inc. v. Sturm Foods, Inc.

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
732 F.3d 1370 (2013)


Facts

Keurig, Incorporated (Keurig) (plaintiff) held patents for both the single-serve coffee brewers that it manufactured and the coffee cartridges that consumers used in Keurig’s brewers. Keurig’s patents contained a description not only of the brewing machine, but also of the method by which the brewer interacted with the disposable single-use cartridges. Sturm Foods, Inc. (Sturm) (defendant) made and sold coffee cartridges that could be used in Keurig’s brewers. Keurig sued Sturm for inducing users to infringe Keurig’s patent. Keurig alleged that Sturm’s beverage cartridges induced users to infringe on the patented method of use for Keurig’s brewers. Sturm moved for summary judgment, arguing that Keurig had exhausted its patent rights in its brewers at the point of sale to customers. The district court granted Sturm’s motion for summary judgment. Keurig appealed.

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