El Paso, TX asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Texas

Q: How do I find out if a product is patented or not?

A manufacturer has more than 1800 active patents. The manufacturer produces more than 6000 products. How can I find out if they are patented for a particular item which I want to buy aftermarket brand?

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
  • Patents Lawyer
  • Moorestown, NJ

A: You should look for a patent marking on the product or packaging that the product comes in. Although there is no legal requirement to put patent marking on products, a manufacturer that has so many patents would typically mark the product in order to take advantage of the notice requirement.

If there is no marking on the products, take a look at the company's website. Many companies on their website have pages dedicated to IP or Patents, where they list their products and list of patents which cover those products.

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