ITC Nixes Bid To Invalidate Schweitzer Cigarette IP

Law360, San Diego (August 19, 2011, 6:17 PM EDT) -- A U.S. International Trade Commission judge on Thursday shot down a bid by Astra Tobacco Corp. and other respondents seeking to invalidate one of two patents Schweitzer-Mauduit International Inc. asserts are infringed by their self-extinguishing cigarette paper wrappers.

Administrative Law Judge E. James Gildea denied the respondents’ motion for summary determination of invalidity of one independent claim and two dependent claims of the specialty paper manufacturer's U.S. Patent Number 6,725,867 for being indefinite, finding that holding a hearing on the merits would be beneficial because the...
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