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  • 1. Speeding It Up at the USPTO July 2013 July 23, 2013
  • 2. Speeding Up Searching
  • 3. Speeding Up Searching • New Global Patent Search Network • New Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC)
  • 4. Global Patent Search Network • New Global Patent Search Network – Cooperation of United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of the People’s Republic of China. – Search Chinese Patent Documents in Chinese or English (2008-2011) – Available at
  • 5. Global Patent Search Network
  • 6. Global Patent Search Network
  • 7. Global Patent Search Network
  • 8. Global Patent Search Network
  • 9. Speeding Up Searching • For a Good Patent Search You Need to Find the Right Class – United States Patent Classification (USPC)- hard – International Patent Classification (IPC)- difficult • IPC too many patents in a group to review
  • 10. Speeding Up Searching
  • 11. Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) • Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) will allow you to perform a single classification search across multiple patent offices • Joint (Global) Classification System Based on the European Classification system (ECLA) – More granular than the International Patent Classification (IPC) system  ECLA about 140,000 Entries  CPC about 200,000 Entries • CPC is International Patent Classification (IPC) Compliant • Participants – EPO – USPTO – Korean Patent Office (KIPO) – China (SIPO)
  • 12. Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) • Now Implemented in the USPTO (January 1, 2013) – 2 Year Transition  Newly filed US applications ("A" publications) will be classified in the USPC and the CPC  US patent grants ("B" publications) will be classified in either the USPC or the USPC and the CPC  CPC symbols will be printed on the front page, next to the IPC and USPC symbols. – By January 1, 2015- USPTO will exclusively classify CPC (but will keep IPC)
  • 13. Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) Sections IPCIPC CPCCPC Classes Subclasses Groups Subgroups A01B33/08 A 01 B 33(/00) 08
  • 14. Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) • Sections – A: Human Necessities – B: Operations and Transport – C: Chemistry and Metallurgy – D: Textiles – E: Fixed Constructions – F: Mechanical Engineering – G: Physics – H: Electricity
  • 15. Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC)
  • 16. Speeding It Up at the USPTO July 23, 2013 Copyright 2013 Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, McNett & Henry LLP