The jury finds R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co’s Vuse e-cigarettes infringe two Philip Morris patents.
The case is part of a multi-front patent dispute between Philip Morris and RJR parent company British American Tobacco PLC. RJR says it may appeal, but is pleased the jury cleared its Vuse Alto device of infringing one of the patents.
The Tuesday verdict concerned counterclaims in RJR’s ongoing patent lawsuit over Philip Morris’ IQOS heated-tobacco device.
RJR won an order blocking IQOS imports to the U.S.
International Trade Commission last November. Philip Morris succeeded earlier this year in invalidating parts of some patents RJR accused it of infringing. British American Tobacco has also sued Philip Morris over IQOS in the United Kingdom, Germany, and elsewhere in Europe.
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