In the United States, regulators have banned Philip Morris’ IQOS cigarette gadget due to a patent dispute.
Due to a patent disagreement, federal regulators have ordered Philip Morris and Altria to halt the sale and import of their IQOS cigarette gadget in the United States.
The International Trade Commission concluded on Wednesday that the firms infringed on R.J. Reynolds’ patents in the development of the device.
The prohibition prevents Altria, which owns Philip Morris, from importing and selling the “heat-not-burn” IQOS devices that have already been imported.
After an administrative review, which requires President Joe Biden’s signature, the prohibition will go into effect in two months.
Philip Morris was given permission to market the gadget in 2019 by the Food and Drug Administration, in part because it may contain “fewer harmful compounds than cigarette smoke.”
Philip Morris has announced that it will appeal the trade commission’s “persistently perplexing” judgment. A spokeswoman for Altria told CNBC that the business is working on contingency plans with Philip Morris, but that the company thinks there is no patent infringement.
Similar legal action was unsuccessfully pursued by R.J. Reynolds’ parent firm, British American Tobacco, against Philip Morris’ international sale of the IQOS device.
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