Under the AIA, patent owners may now “virtually mark” their products with a patent notice by affixing to the patented article the word “Patent” (or abbreviated to “Pat.”) followed by the URL address of the web page that will have the patent(s) associated with the product. We have more information about Virtual Patent Markings on our patent law firm website including examples of how to mark your products and example virtual marking web pages.
On September 16, 2011, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) became law and significantly changed the U.S. patent system. The AIA not only changes the patentability standards for patent applicants, but it also changes the role of the public in the patenting process which previously was very limited. Neustel Law Offices has posted more information about the America Invents Act – AIA.