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Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) in XML
The CPC is a joint EPO-USPTO project aimed at developing a common classification scheme for technical documents, in particular patent publications, which will be used by both offices in the patent granting process. Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) scheme and some finalised CPC definitions were officially launched on 1 January 2013.
The CPC scheme is initially based on the European Classification (ECLA), keeping all its properties.
In addition to the former ECLA groups, the CPC scheme also includes:
For more information on CPC please see: