RJ Reynolds Rips Fed. Circ. Patent Test In High Court Plea

Law360, New York (March 30, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT) -- R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate two patents for tobacco-curing technology, arguing strongly against one of the Federal Circuit's methods for considering patent validity.

Reynolds, the second-largest tobacco company in the U.S., filed a petition for a writ of certiorari asking the court to take up the case after the Federal Circuit refused to reconsider an August ruling that litigant Star Scientific Inc.'s patented process for tobacco curing was valid.

The appeals court's said the patents were legitimate, but...
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