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The Common Hybrid Classification project of the. IPC Workshop, 8-9 February 2010, WIPO, Geneva. Pierre Held Directorate Classification (2.7.1.5). The past (and still present...): Trilateral Harmony Project. Different classification schemes . . . in selected areas. ECLA FI USPC

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the common hybrid classification project of the

The Common Hybrid Classificationproject of the

IPC Workshop, 8-9 February 2010,

WIPO, Geneva

Pierre Held

Directorate Classification (2.7.1.5)

the past and still present trilateral harmony project
The past (and still present...):Trilateral Harmony Project

Different classification schemes . . . in selected areas

ECLAFIUSPC

. EPtext1 . JPtext1 . UStext1

. . EPtext2 . . JPtext2 . UStext2

. . EPtext3 . . JPtext3 . UStext3

. . . JPtext4

trilateral harmony project
Trilateral Harmony project

. . . are merged and modifications discussed

HARMONY

. JPtext1

. UStext1. . New text1

. . EPtext2

. . . New text2

. . JPtext3

trilateral harmony project4
Trilateral Harmony project

Result:

3 separate but identical schemes

ECLA

. JPtext1

. UStext1. . New text1

. . EPtext2

. . . New text2

. . JPtext3

FI

. JPtext1

. UStext1. . New text1

. . EPtext2

. . . New text2

. . JPtext3

USPC

. JPtext1

. UStext1. . New text1

. . EPtext2

. . . New text2

. . JPtext3

slide5

Reformed

IPC

ECLA

USPC

FI-FT

Integrate common scheme in the IPC

H

A

R

M

O

N

Y

Advanced level extension

20k + 50k + 70k

Advanced level 20k + 50k

Core level

20k

summary trilateral harmony project
SUMMARY: Trilateral Harmony Project

Goal:

  • identical (similar) schemes in JP, EP, US in selected fields

Method:

  • bring examiners together (virtual or physical)
  • first discuss & develop common scheme => ECLA, FI, USPC
  • then forward to IPC
  • Contact, understanding, cooperation
  • New schemes highly match examiners' needs
  • Very successful
  • Limited in scope, "Harmony islands", needs a lot of time resources

No new trilateral projects started! Completion planned by the end of 2011

the future and a bit already present
The Future(and a bit already present...):

Common Hybrid Classification

Foundation

Project

the five ip offices
The fiveIPoffices:
  • European Patent Office (EPO)
  • Japan Patent Office (JPO)
  • Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO)
  • State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO)
  • US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

The IP5 offices

history
History:

The IP5 Heads of Office met in Jeju, Korea in October

2008 where they cemented a vision and agreed a

roadmap.

" The elimination of unnecessary duplication of work among the IP5 offices, the enhancement of patent examination efficiency and quality and guarantee of the stability of patent right "

slide10
What are the conditions for reutilisation of others' work:
  • Timeliness: Results available on time
  • Quality: High quality of work essential
presidents agreement 10 foundation projects
Presidents' agreement: 10 Foundation Projects

Project

Common documentation EPO-led

Common hybrid classification EPO-led

Sharing and documenting search strategies USPTO-led

Common search and examination support tools USPTO-led

Common access to search and examination results JPO-led

Common application format JPO-led

Common training policy KIPO-led

Mutual machine translation KIPO-led

Common rules for examination practice and quality control SIPO-led

Common statistical parameter system for examination SIPO-led

why bother the epo has ecla
"Why bother? The EPO has ECLA"

. . . but:

Many documents don't have ECLA!

SS Results

1 240116 ..LIM A63B/IC

2 101982 1 NOT EC=YES

3 57458 2 AND JP/PN

4 15271 2 AND CN/PN

5 5530 2 AND KR/PN

6 4594 2 AND TW/PN

7 1861 2 AND AU/PN

8 2175 2 AND ES/PN

9 1364 2 AND RU/PN

10 1942 2 AND SU/PN

=> Need to use the IPC for retrieving prior art!

slide14
The non-ECLA part is growing:

=> Need to improve IPC!

common hybrid classification project
Common Hybrid Classification Project

Goal:

Make the IPC really usable by all offices

The wish list:

  • Level of detail
  • Coverage
  • Consistency of use

The plan:

Cover most technical fields in 10+ years

method
Method
  • per field, select best existing local scheme (ECLA, FI, USPC?)
  • Agreement beforehand
  • Move subdivisions in IPC
  • Training & communication between offices

IPC

ECLA

G10L

variations
Variations
  • In one technical field, select from different local schemes
  • Add newly created groups proposed by examiners (exceptional)

IPC

FI

G10L

G10L13/03 . using - - -

ECLA

status
STATUS

Planning phase

October 2009: IP5 Working Group on Classification

5 pilot projects started in 2009/2010

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Objectives of the pilot:
  • Agree on common scheme
  • Try out procedures
  • Evaluate cost/benefit
ipc how will it work with chc
IPC - How will it work with CHC?

Taking decisions on IPC:

  • IPC/WG and IPC/CE = "Parliament" of all offices,

administration by WIPO

  • IPC/WG: 2 meetings per year: scheme approval
  • IPC/CE: 1 meeting per year: policy, scheme adoption, date of entry
  • Agreed CHC projects trigger IPC revision projects
  • CHC projects: main source for change

A "re-reform" to come

  • simplify core-advanced level structure
  • revise once per year (maybe twice)
chc foundation project status
CHC Foundation Project: Status
  • Example of timeline for the pilot projects (timeline will vary depending on the projects)

Agreement on scheme

Forwarding to IPC phase

Approval

Entry into force

Start!

Adoption

Within the IPC community

Within the IP5

2nd IP5WGC

3rd IP5WGC

4th IP5WGC

IPC/WG

IPC/WG

IPC/CE

Evaluation of the pilot projects

Reclassification

Oct 2009

Mar 2010

Sep 2010

Jan 2012

or later

May 2010

Nov 2010

Feb 2011

summary common hybrid classification
Summary: Common Hybrid Classification
  • potentially quick; uses well-proven schemes
  • avoids long discussion on details
  • uses well-known IPC framework
  • takes countries CN, KR into account
  • agreement US, EP, JP, CN, KR needed before starting
timeline
Timeline
  • Phase I: 2009-2010 - Planning
    • Planning and identification of pilot projects
    • Develop requirements for a mapping and scheme viewing tool
    • Set-up a training framework
  • Phase II: 2010-2011 -Pilot projects

Implementation of pilot projects

The IP5 view

Timeline

slide25
Phase III: 2012-2016 - Start of Implementation
  • Phase IV: 2017-2018 -Internal indexing schemes
  • Phase V: 2019-2021 - Completion of CHC
thank you for your attention
Thank you for your attention!

P. Held

pheld@epo.org

Questions?