Star Fights To Revive Re-Exam Of Tobacco Patents

Law360, New York (October 6, 2010, 5:44 PM EDT) -- Star Scientific Inc. has received a green light from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to seek to revive re-examination proceedings on two patents for a tobacco-curing process that have been the focus of a long-running and costly legal battle against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

Star's patent counsel received a letter from the USPTO vacating a May notice of intent to terminate the re-examination, and gave the company 30 days to file a petition to reopen the process, which the company will do, the company said...
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