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Reynolds, Philip Morris E-Vapor Patents Clash Heats Up (1)

June 6, 2022, 10:37 PMUpdated: June 7, 2022, 5:28 PM

Philip Morris USA Inc., Philip Morris Products SA, and Altria Client Services LLC failed to overcome a US magistrate judge’s rejection of their request she sanction three of British American Tobacco Plc’s Reynolds units for their delayed production of documents in a long-running patent dispute until the eve of trial.

Philip Morris filed the request after documents belatedly produced by BAT’s RJ Reynolds Vapor Co. and RAI Strategic Holdings Inc. revealed that negotiations between Reynolds and a third party contained references to a proposed 5.25% royalty rate to license patents comparable to those at issue in the trial that ...