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Nestle, Gilead, Frack, Starbucks: Intellectual Property

Nestle SA lost a patent on one of its Nespresso single-serve coffee machines, the latest legal setback for one of its fastest-growing brands.

The European Patent Office revoked the patent, which covered the lower-cost Pixie brewer, in oral proceedings on Nov. 19 and Nov. 20, according to Rainer Osterwalder, a Munich-based EPO spokesman. Nestec SA, the unit of Nestle that held the patent, can appeal the decision once the full minutes of the proceedings are released in a few weeks, he said.