ESPRO® Files Lawsuit Alleging Patent Infringement

VANCOUVER, BC (July 25, 2016) - 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.

“As a fellow entrepreneur and Kickstarter success story, this is the last course of action I ever wanted to take against another start-up brand,” said Bruce Constantine, President and Co-Founder of ESPRO. “As leader of this thriving young business, it is my job and my obligation to protect my company’s reputation and investments, the jobs of ESPRO employees, and the innovative technology we have worked so hard to perfect.”

COMPLAINT 16-cv-04115, FILED JULY 25, 2016 AT THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK. CLICK TO VIEW: 1) THE COMPLAINT;  2) THE CIVIL COVER SHEET; 3) SUMMONS; 4) EXHIBIT A; 5) EXHIBIT B; 6) EXHIBIT C; 7) EXHIBIT D; 8) EXHIBIT E

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