• False Patent Marking Statute Requires a per Article Penalty
  • January 4, 2010 | Authors: Brian J. Decker; Ann G. Fort; William L. Warren
  • Law Firm: Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP - Atlanta Office
  • On December 28, 2009, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit interpreted the false patent marking statute, 35 U.S.C. § 292, to require a per article penalty for false marking, at the discretion of the court, which could encourage larger and more frequent awards for false marking in future cases. Proper patent marking, or actual notice to an infringer, is typically required to recover damages under 35 U.S.C. § 287.