Daily Archives: May 6, 2010

Trademark attorney: Tobacco companies have no case on plain packaging

In response to last week’s plans by the government to restrict cigarette packaging to plain and standardised designs, the cigarette industry has warned that it will protect its intellectual property rights and claim compensation from the government. I saw a figure of $3 billion as a possible amount for that compensation. The government has denied that compensation would be needed. So who has the better case?

Japan Tobacco’s Gallaher move catches light

When Japan Tobacco bought Gallaher in 2007, there were more than a few rank and file workers at the UK cigarette maker’s

Senate approves 50-cent increase

S.C. House lawmakers think they can muster the votes needed to overturn an expected veto by Gov. Mark Sanford of raising the Reynolds Tobacconation’s lowest cigarette tax.