Ruyan ( or Ruyan Group Holdings Limited, based in Hong Kong) was the company that invented the e-cigarette. In 2004, Ruyan first introduced the e-cigar and the e-pipe, and in 2006 the Ruyan E-cigarette, orV8, became available on the Chinese market.
Ruyan’s Patent Wars
The company is involved in several patent lawsuits: Ruyan claims that other e-cigarette manufacturers, in China and abroad, are using Ruyan’s technology illegally. Recently the High Court in China stated that Ruyan is the rightful owner of the atomization method in e-cigarette products.
The Atomizing Technology
The ultrasonic atomizing technology, patented by Ruyan, is a method of dissolving the e-cigarette solution called e-liquid. When a smoker takes a drag on an e-cigarette, the atomizer heats up the e-liquid—this produces the water vapor or the smoke of e-cigarettes.