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K-Cup Patent Expires Next Year?

Postby Alice2 » Sat Nov 05, 2011 11:27 am

I am not buying any K-Cups from anybody at the current raised prices. I am not throwing away my brewers yet but hope that something will happen to bring the price back down a a reasonable level. I mostly love the convenience at work; whether I can do a K-Cup at home or not is just a matter of whether or not I want to pay for extreme laziness for a quick cup.

So anyway I thought the news I just saw was kind of interesting, even though it is not today's groundbreaking headlines. If K-Cup patents expire, will everybody be offering K-Cups, or is it going to be a passing craze as people who want convenience switch en-masse to the lower-cost pods? Nobody is too happy or guilt-free about wasting a little cup of plastic with each short cup of coffee, now of course if a K-Cup would be capable of giving me a nice, strong, 16-oz cup of non-burnt coffee I would probably continue to buy them for the office, but as it is, enough is enough.

When I was using both pods and K-Cups I really stayed more with K-Cups because the light to medium roast pods I bought never quite made it to that 'just-right taste' that I get from a few of my favorite K-Cups. I quit pod-shopping completely for the time being.

Just my rambling thoughts on my Saturday-morning-with-no-K-Cups .... (sigh)
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There are more problems for Green Mountain, though, as its product didn’t escape Einhorn’s criticism either. The company will face the expiration of the patent for its widely used K-cups, possibly losing pricing monopoly in September 2012, the hedgie said according to Trade the News.
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Re: K-Cup Patent Expires Next Year?

Postby bltman » Sat Nov 05, 2011 3:16 pm

I think the patent expiration issue is over stated. The brewer and k-cup are each protected by multiple patents. One of the k-cups patents is expiring next year. But there are others in place primarily in respect of non obvious changes that were made to the k-cup since the first patent was filed. Third parties releasing k-cups will need to be carefull not to infringe the other patents. It will also cost a lot to manufacture so we may not really see cheaper k-cup knock offs. With the release of the Rogers One Cups that are designed around the patent, the prices we are seeing for them are not that much cheaper than k-cups.
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Re: K-Cup Patent Expires Next Year?

Postby VydorScope » Sat Nov 05, 2011 6:19 pm

Yea, I dont think you will see a real price fall with k-cups... :( Pods are still the way to go.
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