International arbitration court rejects challenge to Australia cigarette logo ban

Tobacco giant Philip Morris has suffered another setback in its efforts to challenge an Australian law that bans tobacco companies from placing logos on their cigarette packs and forces them instead to feature graphic health warnings.

Hong Kong-based Philip Morris Asia Ltd. said on Friday that the Permanent Court of Arbitration in Singapore determined that it had no jurisdiction to hear the tobacco company's case.

The company had argued Australia's law constitutes a sweeping ban on trademarks. Philip Morris said it would review the court's decision.

Australia became the first country in the world to mandate plain cigarette packs when the law went into effect in 2012. Tobacco companies argued it violated intellectual property rights and devalued their trademarks, but Australia's highest court upheld it.