Starbucks, Green Mountain Dodge Instant Tea Patent Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (February 6, 2014, 9:31 PM EST) -- A Colorado federal judge on Thursday tossed a lawsuit brought against Starbucks Corp. and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. by Teashot LLC for allegedly violating a patent for a system to produce tea extracts with coffee makers, saying the defendants' single-serve drink capsules feature a water-impermeable foil lid.

Colorado-based Teashot, founded by former Celestial Seasonings Inc. executive Barry Cooper, filed suit in 2012 alleging that Green Mountain, Starbucks and Green Mountain unit Keurig Inc. violated its patent for a system that Cooper invented in the late...
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