U.S. News | British American Tobacco Sues Altria and Philip Morris for E-Cigarette Patent Infringement

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British American Tobacco has filed a lawsuit in the Virginia Eastern District Court against two of its longtime rivals, Altria Group and Philip Morris International for patent infringement.

American Tobacco alleges that the defendant infringes on its patents by copying certain features of its product, Glo and using it on IQOS, a smoking device made by Philip Morris and distributed in the U.S. by Altria.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the defendant product IQOS is similar to Glo because it heats tobacco rather than burning it.

British American reportedly said that “given the significant investment we have made in developing our products, we simply cannot allow competitors to use our patented innovations and technology in their devices without a license.”

It will be recalled that Philip Morris brought a Japan lawsuit in 2018 alleging that Glo product infringed on certain patents covering IQOS technologies. The resolution of that legal action is still pending.

The case is pending.

RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc. et al v. Altria Client Services LLC et al

Judge:Liam O’Grady
Court:Virginia Eastern District Court
Case #:1:20-cv-00393
Nature of Suit:Patent
Cause:Patent Infringement
Case Filed:April 09, 2020

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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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