I propose the introduction of a syntax to indicate a patent number.

For example, a lot of posts start with something like

[Patent Application #20120225162](http://www.google.com/patents/us20120225162) 

This is long and error prone. Why not replace it with a special syntax? For example,

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    I would add the country code to the patent number as well, for both consistency with the Google ID scheme and also to not restrict the site to just U.S. patents, though that is clearly the current focus. (yes, I know the US vs. non-US is indicated in the About page, but it never hurts to think ahead a bit.)
    – cdeszaq
    Sep 20, 2012 at 18:12
  • @cdeszaq Done.. Sep 20, 2012 at 18:18
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    Was about to suggest some way of automatically detecting these. Making it easy to auto-link would be a huge step in the right direction
    – Ben Brocka
    Sep 20, 2012 at 21:15


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