2 German Cos. Off Hook In ITC Over Cigarette Paper Patents

Law360, Los Angeles (February 1, 2012, 9:04 PM EST) -- A U.S. International Trade Commission judge held Wednesday that German manufacturer Julius Glatz GmbH and two other companies did not violate federal trade law by importing self-extinguishing cigarette papers that purportedly infringe two patents held by Schweitzer-Mauduit International Inc.

Administrative Law Judge E. James Gildea issued a final initial determination that Schweitzer-Mauduit was unable to demonstrate that Julius Glatz, its affiliate LIPtec GmbH, and KneX Worldwide LLC violated patents for the fire-resistant cigarette papers, holding that the evidence showed no violation of Section 337 of the...
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