Articles & Publications

The Tobacco Team recently published an article in Smokeshop Magazine entitled “Design Patents Build Strong, Valuable Brands.”  The article discusses the strategic use of intellectual property rights as a competitive advantage in the marketplace, and particularly the previously-overlooked design patent.  A design patent protects the look and feel of an invention, and will therefore have

An article by the Troutman Sanders Tobacco practice appears in the February issue of Smokeshop Magazine. The article, titled “Pennsylvania’s Legal Battle Over MSA Payments Keeps Twisting” discusses the ongoing battle between Pennsylvania and major tobacco manufacturers regarding disputed 2003 Master Settlement Agreement (“MSA”) escrow payments.

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An article by the Troutman Sanders Tobacco practice appears in the December issue of Smokeshop Magazine. The article, titled “Hey Legislators: Vaping Products Don’t Belong in the MSA!” discusses the “longshot” bid by congressmen to have e-cigarettes included in the Master Settlement Agreement (“MSA”).
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Troutman Sanders tobacco team partner Bryan Haynes was interviewed for a September 1st France 24 television report titled “US tobacco giants want lion’s share of e-cigarette business.”  The report describes the impact of e-cigarettes on the American tobacco market, and how the major tobacco companies are entering that market.
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An article by the Troutman Sanders tobacco practice appears in the April issue of Smokeshop Magazine. The article, titled “E-Cigarette Marketing: Misleading or Puffery?,” discusses lawsuits filed by plaintiff’s attorneys against e-cigarette companies regarding their marketing practices.  The full text of the article can be found here.

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