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Mark my words; mark it virtually!
Traditionally, patentees physically mark their products (including those made or sold by licensees) with a patent number to notify others that a particular product, and/or a feature thereof, is protected by that patent. In the case the patent is not yet granted/issued, “patent pending” might be used for accuracy, together with a long application/publication number to establish provisional protection.
However, are you aware that the legal practice in many countries, including the UK, Australia and more recently the US, endorses virtual marking?
Products can simply be marked “patent” together with a link (or scanable code) to a freely accessible public internet address, which is populated with information associating the patented product with a relevant patent number.
Virtual marking facilitates good IP management; for at least the following reasons we encourage our clients to benefit from this practice:
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