Leading French press brand expands infringement suit after being issued a second patent on its technology
ESPRO® Inc., creators of award-winning French presses and brewing accessories that simply “Make it Better,” has been awarded a second US patent on its industry-leading French press technology. Additionally, the brand yesterday filed an amended complaint against Made Simpli LLC, the makers of Simpli Press, for alleged patent infringement, seeking a court injunction and jury trial. The amended complaint was filed in the existing case against Made Simpli LLC in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, Case #16-cv-04115.
The amended complaint to Made Simpli LLC now concerns two patents owned by ESPRO Inc., including the newly issued patent number 9,408,490. It also further alleges willful infringement by Made Simpli of U.S. Patent No. 9,392,900 patent, which was included in the original complaint. The amended complaint states, “a principal of Made Simpli has acknowledged publicly that she is aware of the originally filed Complaint.” It further alleges that, “While the parties have communicated briefly via their respective counsel via telephone after the original Complaint was filed, it does not appear that Simpli Press has stopped its infringing conduct.”
According to the original complaint, filed on July 25, 2016: in September 2015, ESPRO first observed an early version of the Simpli Press at a coffee-industry trade show and made direct contact with the founder of Made Simpli to express concern on October 30, 2015. ESPRO then learned that Made Simpli was planning to move ahead with a Kickstarter campaign to fund the Simpli Press. ESPRO reached out to Made Simpli again on May 16, 2016, to inform them of what ESPRO believes to be an infringement of its patent rights. Made Simpli moved forward with the campaign to fund its product.
Only just over ten years old, ESPRO® has grown from a small company designing products to creating more consistent espresso and improving the consistency of espresso and milk foam, to an award-winning company making some of the best coffee and tea products in the world. In 2012, ESPRO introduced the groundbreaking ESPRO Press, the first grit-free French press and tea maker. It has garnered global accolades, including two consecutive Best New Product awards by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (2015 and 2016) and a Best New Product award from the World Tea Association (2016). Its line-up of French Press products now span travel, outdoor and tabletop markets.