I've noticed that in posts here we're going to very often reference patents by their code / number, whatever you prefer to call it. It seems like a good idea to link these whenever possible to a site describing the patent.
But there are various sites which contain info on lots of patents.
Should we have a canonical place to link to? Is there an official one for say USPTO? Should we link to Google Patents?
Obviously sometimes there will be a reason to link to a specific site, but the majority of the time would consistency be good?
Another option is to have back end support that detects patent references and automagically offers links to various places. Something like Wikipedia does for geographic coordinates.