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Cannabis vape tech maker accused of illegal monopoly tactics

Illegal monopoly tactics and “abusive litigation” are how a Chinese company became the world’s largest maker of vaporizer devices in the cannabis industry, according to federal court filings.

In a counterclaim filed June 14 in federal court in California, Seattle-based marijuana vape maker Next Level Ventures claims Shenzhen Smoore Technology Co. has been waging a “years-long battle to unlawfully restrain competition in … the closed cannabis vaporizer market” based on false patent claims.


Smoore, which markets vape devices under its CCell brand, has not yet responded to the claim, according to court records.

The saga began in 2021, when Smoore filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), accusing 38 U.S.-based companies that it marketed vaporizer devices to -including Next Level –

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