This self-paced course aims at understanding the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) scheme. The training will be delivered in four phases during which the participants will work through several self-study e-learning modules. During the course four virtual classroom (VC) sessions will be offered in which the topics dealt with in the e-learning modules will be summarised and questions answered. The participants will have to pass three tests. Certificates will only be issued to participants who have passed all tests at a pass rate of 70%.
(Phase 1): CPC Classification structure: Throughout this phase, users become familiar with the structure of the IPC, focusing on hierarchical levels (from sections to groups) and the structure of the classification (titles, edition/version indicator, notes, references, definitions). At the end users will be able to select the appropriate set of documents with a view to an efficient search, read and interpret titles correctly and be aware of their impact on classification, understand the role of notes, references and definitions and be able to use them, and know how to deal with situations where overlapping classification would be possible/how to identify which groups would have a priority in the allocation of a document.
(Phase 2): Complete classification in CPC: This phase concentrates on aspects relevant to actually classifying the documents, (a) establishing which information within a document, e.g. application or publication is relevant for classification and (b) identifying and allocating information according to their degree of relevance for a given classification (invention information vs. additional information, nature of subject matter, completeness in classification).
(Phase 3): Practical matters and tools: In this phase, users review the CPC software tools which had been mentioned in the first phase: their way of functioning, and how they can be used for classification allocation purposes. Examples and exercises help to become familiar with the CPC sections and subclasses, using the CPC tools.
(Phase 4): The CPC definitions: This phase introduces the CPC definitions and explains why they exist in the first place. The structure of the CPC definitions is discussed in detail, users learn how they can be used for classification and search and how to identify those CPC definitions that are useful for the user's specific technical area.
Estimated working time
1,5 h per VC
2 h per e-learning module
about 30h auxiliary modules
1 h preparation per test
Staff of industrial property offices of EPO non-member states.
On completion of the seminar participants will be able to
Participants must have basic notions in classification and a very good command of English, both orally and in writing.
In order to attend the on-line course participants need a computer with an internet browser and a high-speed broadband internet connection. For their virtual classrooms, the EPO uses Cisco WebEX, so initially some WebEX software will be installed on your computer. 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 for the VC sessions.
The on-line course will be hosted on the Internet and accessible 7/24 from 13 January 2014 on. The VC sessions are scheduled as below (change of dates might occur), starting each at 15:00 h CET (GMT +01:00h):
VC (1): 14.01.2014
VC (2): 28.01.2014
VC (3): 20.02.2014 NEW DATE!
VC (4): 13.03.2014 NEW DATE!
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