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Philip Morris Faces Risk of U.S. Cigarette Alternative Block

  • Reynolds claims the IQOS device infringes its U.S. patents
  • Dispute is part of efforts to develop smokeless alternatives
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Philip Morris International Inc. faces the possibility of having imports of its IQOS heated-tobacco sticks to the U.S. blocked as early as November in an intensifying legal battle with British American Tobacco Plc over cigarette alternatives.

BAT’s subsidiary Reynolds American Inc. seeks to block imports of the sticks as it alleges that the tobacco heating technology used in IQOS devices infringed its patents. The six-day trial at the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. began Monday, with a judge scheduled to release his findings in May.