VPR Files 3 More Suits for Auto-Draw IP Infringement

VPR Brands has filed lawsuits against three more vapor companies for violating its “auto draw” patent. The company filed a lawsuit against three previous companies in February. The company owns intellectual property rights for one of the original patents filed for electronic cigarette technology.

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The patent dates back to 2009 and includes independent claims covering vaping products containing an electric airflow sensor, including a sensor comprised of a diaphragm microphone. The sensor turns the battery on and off, and covers auto-draw, button less e-cigarettes, cigalikes, pod devices and vaporizers using an airflow sensor.

“Just this week we have filed three additional lawsuits which brings the total to six with many more expected and likely as almost every company in the vape space has at least one product which uses the Patented “auto draw” technology.” said Kevin Frija, CEO of VPR Brands. “We will be aggressively pursuing every company infringing on our patent no matter how small or how large they maybe.”

VPR Brands along with SRIPLAW has started to identify and notify over 50 of the leading companies. These companies were prioritized, based on sales volume and popularity. Most recently VPR Brands LP and its legal team, headed by Joel B Rothman of SRIPLAW, have filed litigation against Mong LLC, B&G Trading LLC, and Lightfire Holding LLC. The three previous suits were filed against Jupiter Research, Cool Clouds Distribution and XL Vape.

“We want to make sure VPR Brands Patent which is valid until 2030 is enforced and our Intellectual property rights are protected,” said Frija. “We intend to send a clear message to the industry that we mean business and of course, as they say, “business is business” it’s nothing personal, in the end its just business.”