Judge Snuffs Out Patent Suit Against R.J. Reynolds

Law360, New York (June 27, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Star Scientific Inc. said it was “outraged” after the court overseeing its long-running patent suit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. ruled that Star's patents were unenforceable due to inequitable conduct, ending the case at the district court level.

Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Martin Garbis issued a memorandum opinion holding that Star's patents for a toxin-reducing method of curing tobacco, which the company asserted when it sued the U.S.'s second largest tobacco company were unenforceable because patentee and Star CEO Jonnie Williams, along with others, had deliberately...
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