Right now Green Mountain Coffee Roaster (GMCR) has exclusive rights to all K-Cup production/brewers. Yes there are MANY brands of K-Cups but they're all created/licensed by GMCR (look at the details on any package of kcups you buy). All the KCup brewers (yes even the cuisinart one) are made/licensed by GMCR.
Once this patent expires, ANYONE can make a "K-Cup" brewer or pods. You will see K-Cup Brewers made by everyone and their mother as well as K-Cups themselves. This is also why you're seeing Starbucks make their own "Verisimo" Brewer now and are selling their own branded K-Cups for B1G1 (this weekend) in order to wipe out their stock as best they can to make room for their own proprietary system.
Either way: Expect cheap brewers/kcups in the coming weeks.
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