CPC for classifiers


Start: 03.02.2014
End: 28.02.2014


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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.

Target groups

Staff of the national offices of the EPO member states

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Online training


On completion of the seminar participants will be able to


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.


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 attend the on-line course participants need a computer with an internet browser and a high-speed broadband internet connection. For the 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". In order to make full use of the VC sessions, we recommend to use headsets.

Seminar outline

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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):


European Patent Academy
European Patent Office
Bob-van-Benthem-Platz 1
80469 Munich
Tel. +49-89-2399-5256
Fax +49-89-2399-5449


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