This self-paced course aims at getting a deep knowledge of the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) scheme. Once successfully completed, participants will be able to correctly classify inventions. 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 passed all tests at a pass rate of 70%.
Content(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.
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 the national offices of the EPO member states
On completion of the seminar participants will be able to
Participants must have basic notions of 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 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.
The on-line course will be hosted on the Internet and accessible 7/24 from 5 May 2014 on. The VC sessions are scheduled as below (change of dates might occur), starting each at 11:00 h CEST:
European Patent Academy
European Patent Office
Deadline for registration is over.