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Altria Responds to Reynolds Complaint With Its Own Patent Claims

July 28, 2020, 2:41 PM

In a multi-venue patent dispute over Altria’s IQOS heated tobacco device, Altria shot back at R.J. Reynolds’ infringement claims in Virginia federal court with allegations that Reynolds’ Vuse vaping products infringe its own patents.

RJR has also sued to block IQOS imports at the International Trade Commission, and Altria has filed similar patent infringement claims against RJR in North Carolina federal court in response.

IQOS is a smoking device that differs from vaping devices and traditional cigarettes by heating tobacco instead of burning it. Philip Morris International manufactures the devices abroad, and Altria, which owns Philip Morris USA, has...

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