USPTO Confirms Validity Of Star's Tobacco Patents

Law360, New York (March 11, 2011, 7:13 PM EST) -- Star Scientific Inc. said Friday that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has confirmed the validity of two of its patents for a tobacco-curing process that are the focus of a long-running legal battle in the Federal Circuit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

Star's patent counsel, Banner & Witcoff Ltd., received two notices and letters from the USPTO that upheld the patentability of all claims involved in the re-examination of the patents, according to Star.

The USPTO also rejected each of the prior art challenges, and...
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