Keurig, Inc. v. Sturm Foods, Inc., No. 13-1072 (Fed. Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
The district court entered summary judgment that Sturm, a manufacturer of cartridges for brewing single servings of coffee, did not infringe Keurig’s patents covering single-serving coffee makers and cartridges for the machines. The court concluded that exhaustion of Keurig’s patent rights was triggered by its sale of a patented item that completely practiced the claimed invention and that its claims were not saved by the fact that a consumer could use non-Keurig cartridges in a Keurig brewer in a noninfringing way. The Federal Circuit affirmed.