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Boston Business Journal, September 24, 2010
Sarah Chapin Columbia discussed how increased fines for companies that mark products with expired or incorrect patent numbers have spurred a rash of damage claims against those companies. “No one stops to think that those patents have expired and we have to change our packaging.… That has attracted a lot of attention from plaintiffs and plaintiff attorneys who smell the money,” Ms. Columbia said regarding companies caught in this bind. She added that it behooves companies to properly label products with the correct patent numbers in order to alert potential infringers of patented status, so they know they cannot legally copy the product; by contrast, intentionally using an expired or incorrect patent number could be viewed as unfairly stifling competition.