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Brussels court scraps protective patent on Nespresso capsules
The Brussels Commercial Court has ruled to remove the protective status afforded for years to the coffee capsules of the famous Nespresso brand, writes De Tijd. The ruling opens the door for other coffee brands to market capsules that fit into the Nespresso machines.
The court's decision dates from November, but has only recently been made public. Swiss multinational Nestlé, owner of the Nespresso brand, renewed its international patent on the production of the special capsules in 2011. Despite this exclusivity protection, several competitors still tried to market capsules that can also be used in the Nespresso machines.
The American multinational Mondelez went to the Brussels court in 2013 to request a cancellation of the Nestlé brand's protected status. The court ruled in Mondelez's favour in 2014, but Nestlé appealed. That appeal was rejected by the Brussels court last November.