Courtesy Products, L.L.C. v. Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc., C.A. No. 13-2012 – SLR, November 18, 2015.

Robinson, J.   Claim construction opinion regarding fifteen terms from three patents.

The following terms were considered:

  1. “Brewing reservoir”
  2.  “Bottom”
  3. “Providing a plurality of disposable filter packs/Providing a plurality of single-serving disposable brew baskets”
  4. “Disposable”
  5. “Size dimensioned appropriate to make approximately only a single     serving of beverage during a single brewing operation”
  6. “Sufficiently large to hold one of the filter packs and the heated water while brewing without a level of the heated water rising above and overflowing the open top/sufficiently large to hold at least one of the filter packs and the heated water while brewing without a level of the heated water rising above and overflowing the open top”
  7. “Brewing area”
  8. “Sufficient to brew approximately only a single serving of brewed beverage/ sufficient to brew approximately only a single serving of beverage”
  9. “The packaging limitations”
  10. “The brew baskets being inserted into the location in the beverage brewing machine/the brew baskets being individually inserted into the location during an associated brewing operating/the brewing machine heating water from the water reservoir”
  11. “The filter pack being placed in the brewing reservoir through the open top”
  12. “Wherein a first brew basket of the plurality of disposable brew baskets is utilized in the beverage brewing machine during a first brewing operation and a second brew basket of the plurality of disposable brew baskets is utilized in the beverage brewing machine during a second brewing operation”
  13. “Wherein each of the plurality of disposable brew baskets is utilized in the same beverage brewing machine during a corresponding plurality of single brewing operations”
  14. “Wherein the plurality of disposable brew baskets are packaged before use”
  15. “The lid being lifted open to permit water to be freely poured into the water reservoir”