This excerpt taken from the GMCR 8-K filed Oct 24, 2008.
Litigation with Kraft
WATERBURY, VT (October 23, 2008) Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Keurig, Incorporated, has entered into a Settlement and License Agreement to completely settle its patent litigation with Kraft Foods Inc., Kraft Foods Global, Inc., and Tassimo Corporation (collectively Kraft). Pursuant to the terms of the Settlement and License Agreement, Kraft will pay to Keurig a lump sum of $17,000,000 and Keurig has granted to Kraft and its affiliates a limited, non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide, fully paid up license of Keurigs United States Patents Numbered 6,607,762 (the 762 Patent) and 7,377,162 (the 162 Patent), and United States and foreign counterpart patents connected to the 762 Patent or 162 Patent, for use in connection with the manufacture, distribution and sale of beverage brewing machines and certain beverage filter cartridges.
As previously disclosed, Keurigs patent family which covers its K-Cup® line of single serve beverage filter cartridges was not involved in the patent litigation.
Mr. Michael J. Degnan, Vice President-General Counsel of Keurig, Incorporated, said, The parties believe that the settlement is an efficient and pragmatic way to resolve their patent dispute. Both parties agree that it is in the best interests of their respective businesses and shareholders to avoid the cost and uncertainties of continued litigation. Mr. Degnan continued, Keurig plans to continue to invest in research and development and in the value of its intellectual property portfolio.