Conair Sues Appliance Cos. Over Coffee Maker Patent

Law360, New York (March 22, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT) -- Appliance heavyweight Conair Corp. turned the heat up on its rivals Monday, filing an infringement suit in Illinois over popular cappuccino machines manufactured by De’Longhi America Inc. and Saeco USA Inc.

The complaint, lodged in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, alleges that De’Longhi and Saeco make cappuccino machines that feature a removable milk container protected by Conair’s patent.

De’Longhi’s Perfecta and Nespresso line of cappuccino machines and Saeco’s Xelsis and Gaggia Accademia models infringe U.S. Patent Number 5,473,972, issued in December...
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