ESPRO® Awarded New Patent, Files Expanded Complaint against Simpli Press

VANCOUVER, BC (August 18, 2016) - ESPRO® Inc., creators of award-winning French presses and brewing accessories that simply “Make it Better,” has been awarded a second US patent on its industry-leading French press technology. Additionally, the brand now has filed an amended complaint against Made Simpli LLC, the makers of Simpli Press, for alleged patent infringement, seeking a court injunction and jury trial. The amended complaint was filed in the existing case against Made Simpli LLC in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, Case #16-cv-04115.

The amended complaint to Made Simpli LLC now concerns two patents owned by ESPRO Inc., including the newly issued patent number 9,408,490. It also further alleges willful infringement by Made Simpli of U.S. Patent No. 9,392,900 patent, which was included in the original complaint. The amended complaint states, “a principal of Made Simpli has acknowledged publicly that she is aware of the originally filed Complaint.” It further alleges that, "While the parties have communicated briefly via their respective counsel via telephone after the original Complaint was filed, it does not appear that Simpli Press has stopped its infringing conduct.”

According to the original complaint, filed on July 25, 2016: 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 then 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, 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.

“We have crafted ESPRO with a strong commitment to developing quality products that the most demanding enthusiasts can use with confidence to make better coffee and tea,” says ESPRO President and Co-Founder Bruce Constantine. "We are excited that this second US patent recognizes that ESPRO’s products are based on real inventions that have moved the state of the art. With many additional products in development, and patent applications pending internationally, we remain committed to building real trust with our community by delivering distinctive products available only from the ESPRO brand."

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

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