Schweitzer's $20M Cigarette Paper IP Deal Spurs Challenge

Law360, New York (October 27, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT) -- German cigarette paper manufacturer Julius Glatz GmbH on Wednesday objected to a $20 million licensing deal in Schweitzer-Mauduit International Inc.’s U.S. International Trade Commission suit, which accused competitors of importing self-extinguishing cigarette paper infringing two patents.

Julius Glatz said that a “heavily redacted” version it received of the settlement, announced Monday, between Schweitzer-Mauduit and respondent Delfortgroup AG, made it difficult for Julius Glatz to determine whether the agreement would harm public interest.

Although Schweitzer-Mauduit had argued it concealed the terms to protect its ability to negotiate...
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