Bloomberg Law
Oct. 2, 2018, 2:51 PM

Imperial’s Fontem, Reynolds Settle Vaping-Patent Fights (1)

Susan Decker
Susan Decker
Bloomberg News

Imperial’s Fontem and British American Tobacco’s R.J. Reynolds Vapor reached a settlement of four patent-infringement lawsuits Fontem had filed, according to a filing in federal court in North Carolina.

The terms of the settlement weren’t included in the filings.

Reynolds “is pleased that its dispute with Fontem has been resolved,” Jane Seccombe, a company spokeswoman, said in a statement. Seccombe said the company had no further comment.

Officials with Imperial in London couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Fontem owns patents obtained by a Chinese pharmacist who invented the modern e-cigarette in an attempt to kick his smoking habit.

Fontem Ventures B.V. et al. v. R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company, M.D.N.C., 1:16-cv-01258, dismissal order 10/1/18