RE: Mentioning patents in marketing and tech materials

Subject: RE: Mentioning patents in marketing and tech materials
From: Beth Kane <bkane -at- ridgetopgroup -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:39:37 -0700

We include the following statement on the first page inside the user guide cover:

"The [company name] [product] technology is protected by a number of U.S. patents and pending patents."

However, in the 2-page product "overview" document (like a marketing data sheet) about the same product, we say this:

"The [company name] [product] technology is protected by U.S. patent [number] and other issued and pending patents."

Not sure why the difference. This is the format I've inherited; I don't know the original reasoning.



-----Original Message-----
> Do what the lawyers tell you, and ask them how they want you to cite them, but that's eccentric. Companies refer to technologies being patented all the time without mentioning the numbers. You have to use trademarks correctly to avoid losing them, but there's no such danger with patents.

On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 11:16 PM, Erika Yanovich <ERIKA_y -at- rad -dot- com> wrote:
> How does one go about mentioning patents? According to Legal, if we want to mention patents for marketing purposes, we need to state their numbers and that they are owned by <employer>. Any examples/insights?

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References:
Mentioning patents in marketing and tech materials: From: Erika Yanovich
Re: Mentioning patents in marketing and tech materials: From: Robert Lauriston

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