New Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) System to Launch in January 2013

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is planning to launch a joint patent classification system that incorporates what is believed to be the best classification practices of the USPTO and the European Patent Office (EPO).  An External User Day will be held at the Alexandria, Virginia Campus on December 14, 2012.

The USPTO and the EPO published in October 2012 the CPC launch package, which includes the complete CPC system and finalized CPC definitions.  The December 14, 2012 event is designed to provide patent attorneys, agents and patent examiners in-depth information about the October 2012 CPC launch package, as well as insight into upcoming CPC training platforms, in advance of the official launch of the CPC system in January 2013.

This is the second CPC event undertaken by the USPTO to educate and inform external stakeholders about the CPC system. At the first event, held July 10, 2012, over 135 in-person and virtual attendees participated in an agenda that included several presentations by USPTO executive staff and CPC project managers.

The CPC system will be launched in both the USPTO and the EPO on January 2, 2013.  At the USPTO, there will be a two-year transitional period during which both the USPC system and CPC systems will be running in parallel to allow USPTO examiners sufficient opportunity to learn and transition to the CPC scheme.

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