America Invents Act introduces Virtual Marking of Patents

It is now possible to comply with the patent marking requirements by avoiding placing the patent numbers on a product. Instead, one can simply mark the product with the word “patent” or the abbreviation “pat.” together with an address of a website where information associating the product with particular patent numbers may be found. Virtual marking as outlined above can help companies avoid costly changes to molds, dies, packaging etc. in cases where physically marked patent numbers are ┬ánot longer valid.

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