RJR Fails To Stay Tobacco-Curing Patent Trial

Law360, New York (March 31, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has lost an attempt to put a jury trial on hold while the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office re-examines two patents-at-issue in a long-running intellectual property dispute with Star Scientific Inc. over a toxin-reducing method for curing tobacco.

On Tuesday, the Virginia-based tobacco product development firm Star Scientific announced in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that the trial was set to begin May 18, as scheduled, after a judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of...
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