Electronic Cigarette Inventor Protects His Patent

Ruyan Group Holdings Ltd, the inventor of electronic cigarettes, hailed a US regulatory agency’s warning against other brands of e-cigarettes as good news in its fight against copycats.

Scott Fraser, vice president of Ruyan Group, said the announcement by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will help Ruyan protect its intellectual property rights to its e-cigarette brand.

The FDA on July 22 reported that a laboratory test of e-cigarette samples of other brands found that they contained carcinogens and toxic chemicals such as diethylene glycol, an ingredient used in antifreeze.

The two American brands tested by FDA are Njoy and Smoking Everywhere. The former has been named in an IPR lawsuit initiated by Ruyan Group.

Invented in 2003 by Hon Lik, Ruyan’s chief engineer, e-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that generally contain cartridges filled with nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals.

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