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Connolly Bove Obtains ITC Ruling That Importation Of LIP Cigarette Wrappers Made by Julius Glatz and LIPtec Do Not Violate Any Valid Claims of Schweitzer-Mauduit Patents

Wilmington, Delaware—Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP attorneys Rudy Hutz, Jeff Eichen, Chad Stover, Curt Lambert and Claudia Schultze have successfully defeated patent infringement claims brought by Schweitzer-Mauduit International Inc. against their clients Julius Glatz GmbH and LIPtec GmbH.

On February 1, 2012, Administrative Law Judge E. James Gildea of the United States International Trade Commission rejected Schweitzer’s allegations that low-ignition propensity (“LIP”) cigarette paper wrappers made by Glatz and LIPtec of Neidenfels, Germany (and sold in the United States by KneX Worldwide LLC) infringed valid claims of two Schweitzer patents and the wrappers should therefore be excluded from the United States market. Judge Gildea’s Initial Determination concluded that all the asserted claims of Schweitzer’s United States Patents 5,878,753 and 6,725,867 were either invalid or did not cover Glatz’s and LIPtec’s LIP paper wrappers. More…

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