Updates on Y02 and Y04S

Overview of the currently available Y02 (Climate Change Mitigation Technologies) codes

Overview of the currently available Y04S (Smart Grid) codes

The Y-tags are updated by running search algorithms designed by expert examiners, i.e. they depend on other classes.

On 01 January 2013, the EPO and USPTO jointly launched the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC), replacing the European Patent Classification (ECLA) and other codes that were used in the search algorithms to allocate the Y02 and Y04S tags.  Due to the CPC and related IT changes, the search algorithms and associated update processes have been revised.  These changes will also allow us to update the Y-codes with a higher frequency in the future.

The current update status is as follows:

 Section Status
Y02B (Buildings and appliances) January 2014
Y02C (Capture and storage of greenhouse gases)  January 2014
Y02E (production, distribution and transport of energy)  January 2014
Y02T (transportation)  January 2014
Y04S (smart grids) January 2014

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