Patent Classification (APIC)

2 in-depth 3 hour sessions on the advanced use of Patent Classification



After this training, attendees will understand how to use the different Classifications. They will be able to choose the right classification in order to have the best (search) results.


  • What is Patent Classification

    • IPC based classification (CPC, DEKla, F1)

    • Other public non-IPC based classification (F-terms, USClass)

    • Commercial non-IPC based classfication (Derwent Class and Manual Code)

    • Basic  knowledge of classification for other IP rights (Nice, Locarno, Vienna, etc.)

  • How do you find the right classification

    • WIPO, EPO, GPTO, USPO and JPO office classifications sites
    • Availability of different search facilities (e.g. WIPO search in class definition text vs EPO search in limited number of patent documents and statistical display)
    • Use of classification thesauri in patent databases
    • Using analysis keyword search resuts for finding classification


Stephen Adams