Ocean Tomo created the PatentMarking™ notification platform. It is both a virtual marking service and a system designed to support companies’ management and maintenance of their patent-to-product information while providing a more effective means of managing the risk of false marking.
The PatentMarking notification platform (patent-pending), is the first and only system supporting corporate management with patent marking data by providing companies with a single searchable repository for storing their patent-to-product related information. The platform allows companies to cost-effectively maintain and share information on the patented innovations contained within each of their marketed products or services.
Historically it was simple to mark patent numbers on individual products; today the logistics of such can be extremely difficult given the number of patents used in any given product, the size of the product itself and the rapid change in features or construction.
Traditional marking of products or brochures is cumbersome and expensive. Online marking allows for efficient updates and integrates the ability to search across patent numbers, licensees or products. The PatentMarking notification platform supports the corporate management of patent marking data through annual subscriptions, providing companies with a single repository for storing their patent-to-product related data.
Manufacturers of patented products can now uniformly stamp www.PatentMarking.com/company on either the physical product or its brochure to inform the market of its proprietary nature. Customers, potential competitors and the public generally can identify specific patents used in products by visitng the PatentMarking notification platform.
Major global commercial markets, including the U.S., have enacted legislation requiring that patented products be "marked" with the relevant patent numbers in order to give constructive notice to the public of inventions. Such a requirement is beneficial to reduce the incidence of patent infringement. Failure to mark may prohibit the patentee from obtaining back damages prior to giving actual notice to the infringer (e.g. by way of letter or the filing of a complaint) and may even result in liability for undermanagement of corporate Intellectual Property assets.
Traditional marking is cumbersome and expensive. Proposed changes to 35 U.S.C. Section 287(a) introduce the ability to virtually mark products. Online marking allows for efficient updates and integrates the ability to search across patent numbers, licensees or products. Ocean Tomo's PatentMarking notification platform supports the corporate management of patent marking data by providing companies with a single repository for storing their patent-to-product related information. The PatentMarking platform is the first and only system of its kind, acting as a searchable portal for all patent information related to marketed products.
Ocean Tomo's PatentMarking notification platform is free to the public, providing three categories of data:
Observed - provided generally by registered public users
Trusted- provided by Ocean Tomo or a trusted affiliate organization
Reported - provided by the product manufacturer or service provider (the "Reporter") under a subscription agreement with Ocean Tomo
Reported data is considered to be a representation of the Reporter (subject to terms and conditions) and as such replaces all related Observed and Validated information.
Company Data Control - As a subscriber, you control all company-related marking data. All previous Observed and/or Validated entried attributed to your products and services are moved under your control and no new outside Observed or Validated entries can be made.
Decreased Marking Overhead Cost - Passage of the Patent Reform Act will authorize products to be virtually marked by a legend pointing to a specific PatentMarking notification URL. This allows for all marking to be maintained online, removing the need to update products and/or marketing materials with new patent information.
Real-Time Change Log - Reporting companies maintain a change log of their marking activities with the ability to download detailed reports on patent and product entries.
Bulk Data Upload - The PatentMarking platform has been created to permit the upload of large quantities of patents and products from a central Excel file. Individual consulting options are also available to assist Reporting companies map their patent-to-product information.
Marking Change Notifications - Setup alerts to notify your internal chain of command of new patent-to-product marking changes. Manage marking-related workflow to be sure any changes are appropriately communicated to project task leaders, including research, marketing and manufacturing.
Patent Expiration Alerts - Customize alerts based on patent expiration dates, making it possible to alert all internal staff of upcoming marking-related issues.
Visit the PatentMarking website for more information on becoming a Reporting Company