Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Marking Article Made Using Patented Method With Method Patent's Number Does Not Constitute False Marking

Defendant's motion to dismiss plaintiff's qui tam false marking case for failure to state a claim was granted. "[M]arking an article made via a patented method with the patent number of the method patent does not constitute false marking merely because the public cannot immediately tell whether the number refers to a method patent instead of an apparatus patent. Section 292 of Title 35 has never been construed to go so far. . . . Section 287(b)(4)(c), moreover, would seem to bless the very marking scheme challenged here."

San Francisco Technology Inc. v. Elkay Plastics Company, Inc., 3-11-cv-00291 (CAND April 15, 2011, Order) (Alsup, J.)

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