Big Tobacco Is Spending More Time Fighting Over Patents

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Big Tobacco Is Spending More Time Fighting Over Patents

Big Tobacco Is Spending More Time Fighting Over Patents

 

Less risky nicotine products like heated tobacco sticks were meant to help cigarette companies stay out of court. Instead, they are causing a spike in patent lawsuits.

In September, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that Philip Morris International and Altria must stop imports of IQOS heated tobacco sticks due to a patent dispute with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, which is owned by U.K.-listed British American Tobacco. The case is now in review and can be appealed. But in the worst-case scenario, IQOS will be banned from the lucrative American tobacco market.

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