Great news for the vape community! Joyetech, along with some other e-cig manufacturers, have succeeded with the patent revocation held by Fontem Ventures. According to Joyetech, the court decision is; “facilitating the growth of
the industry because if Fontem had won, every vaper would have had to pay money to Fontem.”
Fontem Ventures is a subsidiary company of Imperial Tobacco that bought, back in 2013, the electronic cigarette patent from Hon Lik, (who is considered the father of e-cigs). The company that Lik worked for, Golden Dragon Holdings, registered an international patent in November 2007 and changed its name to Ruyan (如烟, literally translated to “resembling smoking”).
Many Chinese and US manufacturers started to copy and develop Lik’s original idea. However, most e-cigarettes today use a battery-powered heating element rather than the earlier ultrasonic technology design. In fact, the first electronic cigarette developed by Hon Lik had little or nothing to do with existing electronic cigarettes nowadays.
The first clearomizer was not invented until 2009, when Joyetech developed the eGo series. Soon after, replaceable coils and variable voltage devices were introduced to the market being a complete worldwide success.
A crucial decision
However, Fontem Ventures sued major electronic cigarettes companies for copyright infringement. According to Joyetech, “Fontem just bought a pile of papers.” The court seemed to agree with this point as, last Thursday September 8th 2016, the patent held by Fontem Ventures was finally revocation in Munich. According to users and e-cig manufacturers, this decision is crucial for the future of vaping as we know it.
Ryan is a vaper, editor and content creator who spends most of his time bringing the interesting, entertaining, original and well-written articles to vapers. He believes that vaping is not only a healthier alternative to smoking, but also a great experience of life.