Touch™ Wins a Significant Patent Victory to Protect Its Rights Against Keurig Green Mountain
In a continuing patent dispute where Touch Coffee & Beverages, LLC (Touch) sued Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (Keurig) for infringing Touch’s four patents, Touch wins significant patent decisions over Keurig. On January 4th, 2017, after reviewing arguments from both Keurig and Touch, PTAB released its decisions in favor of Touch reconfirming the strength and validity of three of its patents and claims 4, 11, and 18 of the fourth Patent (US 9,149,151).
In 2015, Touch released a single-serve coffee platform with its new brewers focused on delivering a hotter cup of coffee from K-Cup® pods. Additionally, Touch developed XBold Cups™ and XLarge Cups™ to conveniently brew coffee shop quality coffee with the push of one button at home or at the office. To accommodate two different styles of single-serve cups (K-Cup pods and XBold Cups as well as the taller XLarge Cups), Touch’s brewers incorporate one inlet needle to inject hot water and two outlet needles to pierce two different styles of cups and drain the beverage from their respective cups. Touch’s patents generally cover the use of a single-serve brewing system with a single inlet needle and multiple different outlet needles. Keurig has since also introduced the one inlet/two-outlet needles concept in its Keurig 2.0 series of brewers to accommodate K-Cup® and different-sized beverage pods.
On July of 2016, Keurig challenged the validity of Touch’s four patents through the Inter Parte Review before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). On January 4th, 2017, after reviewing arguments from both Keurig and Touch, PTAB released five decisions in favor of Touch for the first three patents and claims 4, 11, and 18 of the fourth Patent (US 9,149,151). According to Sung Oh, the inventor of Touch’s Patents, “these decisions by the PTAB are significant victory for Touch because three independent Administrative Patent Judges, who are knowledgeable in technology and on patent law, reconfirmed the strength and validity of our patents despite Keurig’s best arguments against them, and these decisions go a long way of proving our case against Keurig.”
About Touch Coffee & Beverages, LLC:
Touch is revolutionizing the single-serve coffee platform with new brewer and cup technology that provides true coffee house quality coffee at home or the office. Touch’s XBold Cups™ and XLarge Cups™ pack more coffee per cup, and its patented brewer systems brew hotter at about 200 degrees and faster at only 20 seconds with zero idle energy consumptions. Fully compatible with all existing K-Cup Pods, Touch’s open platform brewers also brew bigger, from 4 to 26 ounces. The extra space in the XLarge Cup also allows it pack up to 25 grams of soluble ingredients, such as the combination of coffee and milk powder to brew a latte beverage from one cup. To learn more about Touch, please visit: www.touchbeverages.com; and to purchase Touch’s products, please visit: www.touchbrew.com.
 See Keurig Green Mountain v. Touch Coffee & Beverages, LLC, Civil Action No.: 1:16-CV-10142-DJC in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
 See Decisions from IPR Case Nos. (1) IPR2016-01390; (2) IPR2016—01392; (3) IPR2016-01394; (4) IPR2016-01395; and (5) IPR2016-01396.