CPC for classifiers


Start: 18.02.2013
End: 15.03.2013


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This self-paced distance learning course will enable you to gain detailed knowledge of the Cooperative Patent Classification  (CPC) scheme. The course explains the differences between the previous ECLA system and CPC. It hence focuses on the additional classification information available in the new system. During the course, two virtual classroom (VC) sessions will be offered in order to deepen topics and provide for face-to-face interaction. They will be recorded and released in the course.

The participants will work on assignments allowing them to apply CPC to their own technical field(s). An EPO tutor will coach them during this process. Because of the specific nature of each technical field, the course aims at providing thorough understanding of the new scheme, leaving very detailed aspects to further discussions, e.g. among counter-parts or teams at the respective national office.


The on-line module will explain the main differences between CPC and ECLA, focusing on the changes in syntax,  the incorporation of former ICO codes and other type of newly integrated classification information (e.g. US classification codes) into CPC. Further information within the scheme (e.g. notes, definitions) will also be explained in detail.
The two virtual classrooms will guide the participants through the subject-matter while the assignment(s) will require individual reflection by each participant on the implication of the new scheme on his or her technical field.

On completion of the seminar participants will be able to


Target groups

Staff of the national offices of the EPO member states

Level of expertise



Online training


Participants must be experienced in the use of ECLA in classification and preferably search as well, and have a very good command of English, both orally and in writing.

Technical requirements:
In order to join the virtual classrooms, participants will not need to upload any additional software. They simply need a computer with an internet browser and a high-speed broadband internet connection. Security settings on local Firewalls need to be checked. For more information please see the "VC guidelines for participants" under "Downloads". The use of headsets is recommended.

Seminar outline

Estimated working time:

Venue details

The on-line course will be hosted on the Internet and accessible 7/24. The VC sessions are scheduled as below (change of dates might occur), starting each at 11:00 h CET:


European Patent Academy
European Patent Office
Erhardtstr. 27
80469 Munich
Tel. +49-89-2399-5256
Fax +49-89-2399-5449


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Registration deadline

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