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    Reynolds, E-Cigarette Maker Settle Trademark Dispute

    John Thompson was accused of using the Camel and Salem brand names.

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Reynolds Innovations Inc., a division of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., reached a settlement in its trademark infringement lawsuit with electronic cigarette marketer John Thompson.

    Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Reynolds accused Thompson of selling products under the Camel and Salem brand names. Reynolds has used the Camel trademark for 100 years and the Salem name for 57 years, according to a report by The Business Journal.

    Terms of the settlement, reached in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, were not disclosed. However, Browns Mills, N.J.-based Thompson is expected to pay an undisclosed sum to Reynolds.

    Reynolds also sued SAS Technologies last year, alleging the e-cigarette maker used its Camel and Winston trademarked brands.

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