As I have mentioned in a previous post regarding virtual patent marking, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act updates the way that patent holders can mark their products. It specifically allows patent owners to virtually mark their products with an Internet address, which then lists the patent numbers associated with the product.
Several companies are now offering virtual patent marking services. For instance, PatentStatus offers a program that allows patent holders to create and manage a patent database linking patents to products and parts. The patent holder can then satisfy the new patent marking requirements by publishing the link to its website. PatentStatus also keeps detailed history logs and documentation should patent infringement litigation later arise.
Full disclosure: I want to make it clear that I am not endorsing PatentStatus, nor have I tested it, and I have no financial relationship with the company. If you are seeking to take advantage of virtual patent marking, you need to perform your own due diligence before purchasing any IP software system.
In addition, you should always consult with an experienced patent attorney to ensure that you have fully complied with the USPTO’s virtual marking guidelines.
How Can I Help?
If you, or someone you know, need help with virtual patent marking or traditional patent marking to protect your products, please contact me for a free 30 minute consultation by sending me an email or call TOLL FREE at 1-855-UR IDEAS (1-855-874-3327) and ask for Norman.
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