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Why Philip Morris is suing the UK government

James Nurton, London


Tobacco companies Philip Morris International and BAT have launched a challenge to the UK government’s plain packaging legislation. Managing IP examines their arguments, which are based on human rights and trade mark law

The two companies filed separate applications for judicial review of the government’s regulations on standardised packaging of tobacco products on May 22. The regulations, which were passed by Parliament in March, are due to come into effect in May next...


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