Appeal Against R.J. Reynolds Jumpstarted

Law360, New York (March 7, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- A company accusing R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. of patent infringement has filed papers seeking to expedite its appeal of a district court decision.

Virginia-based Star Scientific Inc. filed a motion on Monday asking the court to certify two orders. One granted R.J. Reynolds summary judgment because Star’s patents were invalid due indefiniteness, and another granted R.J. Reynolds partial summary judgment on the issue of the patents’ effective filing dates. Star said the certification would allow it to initiate the appeal process.

R.J. Reynolds also asserted an...
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