Star Wants New Trial In RJ Reynolds Patent Case

Law360, New York (January 11, 2011, 4:17 PM EST) -- Star Scientific Inc. asked the Federal Circuit for a new trial Tuesday in its long-running legal battle against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. over two patents for a tobacco-curing process, saying a slide the cigarette maker presented unfairly prejudiced a jury.

A three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit heard oral arguments Tuesday from Star and R.J. Reynolds on whether the slide was in fact prejudicial.

Star is currently challenging the outcome of a district court patent case against the tobacco company,...
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