New Virtual Patent Marking Rules Offer Convenience And Flexibility

New rules on “virtual patent marking” implemented by the America Invents Act have already taken effect:

• A product may now be marked with “pat.” or “patent” and reference to a freely-accessible Web address that identifies the patent numbers that cover that product.

• This will make patent marking easier, and allow inexpensive modification of patent markings when patent coverage changes or expires.

• As always, marking your products or providing actual notice are required for recovery of past damages for patent infringement.

We are available to discuss this and all other aspects of the new patent law at your convenience.