ESPRO® Files Lawsuit Alleging Patent Infringement
Leading French press brand files lawsuit alleging infringement of its intellectual property.
July 24, 2016 (Press Release) - ESPRO® Inc., creators of award-winning French presses and brewing accessories that simply "Make it Better," today filed a lawsuit against Made Simpli LLC, the makers of Simpli Press, for alleged patent infringement, seeking a court injunction. The lawsuit was filed with United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, Case #16-cv-04115, and concerns a patent owned by ESPRO Inc.
According to the complaint: 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 soon 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, before their Kickstarter project began, 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 ten years old, ESPRO® has grown from a small company designing products to create more consistent espresso and improve 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).
In 2014, ESPRO® began to adapt its product line for the outdoor world, recognizing the challenges of designing compact coffee and tea products that can deliver professional-grade brews on the go. Within the year the Travel Press was born, specifically designed for coffee and tea lovers who want to take their beverages with them anywhere, from the subway to the summit. Merging the superior quality of the ESPRO Press with the durability of a travel press, the ESPRO Travel Press is reshaping our expectations for a portable brew.