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Trilateral Classification Harmony Project IPC Forum Geneva, 13 February 2006 Yoshihiro FUJI Director Examination Policy Planning Office Japan Patent Office.

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1 Trilateral Classification Harmony Project IPC Forum Geneva, 13 February 2006 Yoshihiro FUJI Director Examination Policy Planning Office Japan Patent Office (JPO)

2 Reasons for Harmonization Increase in documents to be classified > 500,000 (EPO: ECLA) > 500,000 (EPO: ECLA) > 500,000 (JPO: FI) > 500,000 (JPO: FI) > 300,000 (USPTO: USPC) docs / year > 300,000 (USPTO: USPC) docs / year - Further increase expected Establish a well-structured documentation Harmonize internal schemes Harmonize internal schemes Facilitate access to TOs documents with common schemes Facilitate access to TOs documents with common schemes Enhance the availability of TOs documents Enhance the availability of TOs documents - Further expand (to be IPC Advanced Level) Share reclassification work Reduce classification effort (for EP) Reasons History Actions Procedure Actions for ALS Harmony to IPC Status

3 OfficeEPOJPOUSPTO SystemECLAFIUSPC BasisIPCIPC Applied to most of PCT min. JP only US only Classifications125,000190,000155,000 Three different classification systems (IPC-AL: 69,000 Classifications) (IPC-AL: 69,000 Classifications) Reasons for Harmonization Reasons History Actions Procedure Actions for ALS Harmony to IPC Status

4 History of Harmony Project 2000.11 18 th Trilateral Conference - TOs agreed on creating pilot projects 2001.2 Committee of Experts of IPC Union 30 th session 30 th session - 19 fields selected for TOs harmony projects (T001-T019) (T001-T019) - 7 of the 19 fields are from IPC revision projects Reasons History Actions Procedure Actions for ALS Harmony to IPC Status

5 History of Harmony Project 2002.9 7 th session - new project (T020) 2003.1 8 th session - new projects (T021-T023) 2003.9 9 th session - new projects (T024-T030) 2004.2 10 th session - new projects (T031-T032) 2004.10 11 th session - new projects (T035-T037) 2005.3 12 th session - new projects (T038-T047) 2005.9 13 th session - new projects (T048-T056) 2006.3 14 th session (at Berlin, EPO) Trilateral Working Group on Classification Reasons History Actions Procedure Actions for ALS Harmony to IPC Status

6 Actions Select technical fields for harmonization e.g. Wireless Communication Networks, Business methods (Phase A) Initial Determination of Scope (Phase B) Project Plan (Phase C) Provisional Scheme Development (Phase D) Test of Provisional Scheme (Phase E) Final Scheme Agreement (Phase F) Documents Reclassification Reasons History Actions Procedure Actions for ALS Harmony to IPC Status

7 Procedural steps – exchange & compare schemes Exchange & Compare current schemes ECLAFI USPC. EPtext1. JPtext1. UStext1.. EPtext2.. JPtext2. UStext2.. EPtext3.. JPtext3. UStext3... JPtext4 Reasons History Actions Procedure Actions for ALS Harmony to IPC Status

8 E-mail Meeting /Exchange Procedural steps – discuss solutions Discuss solutions (Trilateral) Harmony Visit (2005.6~) Reasons History Actions Procedure Actions for ALS Harmony to IPC Status E-forum

9 Procedural steps – discuss solutions Harmony visit (2005.6~) Trilateral Harmony visit (at USPTO) - 10 fields EP/JP Harmony visit (at EPO) - 19 fields Reasons History Actions Procedure Actions for ALS Harmony to IPC Status

10 Procedural steps – discuss solutions Potential projects - Creation of new projects(T052&T053) Existing projects - Acceleration of discussion on classification harmonization Effect of Harmony visit Reasons History Actions Procedure Actions for ALS Harmony to IPC Status

11 Procedural steps – agree on common scheme Agree on common scheme e.g. Business Methods ECLAFI USPC. G06Q30/00C. G06F17/60,300.. 3044D.. G06Q30/00C2.. G06F17/60,342.. 3043N.. G06Q30/00C4.. 3050Y Reasons History Actions Procedure Actions for ALS Harmony to IPC Status

12 Agree on common scheme (Phase C) HARMONY (ECLA/FI/USPC). G06Q30/00C. Data processing in buying/selling or leasing transactions transactions.. 3044D.. for matching.. 3043N.. for auction.. G06Q30/00C2.. for electronic shopping, e.g. electronic catalogue, remote browsing or ordering catalogue, remote browsing or ordering.. 3050Y.. electronic catalogue.. G06F17/60,342.. for leasing transaction Procedural steps – agree on common scheme Reasons History Actions Procedure Actions for ALS Harmony to IPC Status

13 Final agreement (Phase E) Shared reclassification (Phase F) Procedural steps – finalization of project Classification test (Phase D) Reasons History Actions Procedure Actions for ALS Harmony to IPC Status

14 Actions for ALS* Select technical fields for harmonization e.g. Wireless Communication Networks, Business methods (Phase A) Initial Determination of Scope (Phase B) Project Plan (Phase C) Provisional Scheme Development (Phase D) Test of Provisional Scheme (Phase D) Test of Provisional Scheme (Phase E) Final Scheme Agreement (Phase E) Final Scheme Agreement (Phase F) Documents Reclassification (Phase F) Documents Reclassification Phase C Completed IPC Revision Proposal to ALS - IPC Revision Proposal to ALS Reasons History Actions Procedure Actions for ALS Harmony to IPC Status *Advanced Level Special Subcommittee

15 Actions for ALS Phase C Completed IPC revision proposal to ALS (SC-project) - IPC revision proposal to ALS (SC-project) Creation of A-project - Creation of A-project Documents reclassification - Documents reclassification Entering into force of IPC-AL - Entering into force of IPC-AL ALS Approval Completed Invitation for comments & discussion - Invitation for comments & discussion ALS Approval Reasons History Actions Procedure Actions for ALS Harmony to IPC Status

16 Harmony to IPC No.of divisions Harmonized USPC 19851990199520002006 2009 2012 150K 50K 100K 200K Int.Cl 4 FI ECLA Advanced Level Core Level (30% of AL Classes) Reformed IPC 68711groups Int.Cl 5 Int.Cl 6 Int.Cl 7 Reasons History Actions Procedure Actions for ALS Harmony to IPC Status

17 Effects of Harmony project & reformed IPC Different search in each classification system EPO A62D3/00A ECLA Search JPO FI Search A62D3/00,301 USPTO USPC Search 588/300 Others IPC Search A62D3/00 Reasons History Actions Procedure Actions for ALS Harmony to IPC Status e.g. Combating harmful chemical substances by chemical means

18 Effects of Harmony project & reformed IPC Reasons History Actions Procedure Actions for ALS Harmony to IPC Status EPO A62D3/00E JPO A62D3/00,400 USPTO 588/302 Others IPC Search A62D3/00 ECLA FI USPC Search The same search strategy applied among TOs according to harmonized classification scheme

19 Effects of Harmony project & reformed IPC The same search strategy applied among all the documents classified according to the IPC-AL USPTO JPOEPOOthers A62D3/1010 IPC Advanced level search Reasons History Actions Procedure Actions for ALS Harmony to IPC Status

20 Current status 45 Active Harmony projects 6 Harmony projects already forwarded to ALS Reasons History Actions Procedure Actions for ALS Harmony to IPC Status

21 Current projects 1/3 ProjectIPCSubjectPhase T001A62D3/Combating Harmful Chemical Substances by Chemical MeansF T002G06Q Business Methods C T003C40B Combinatorial Chemistry D T004G06F19/BioinformaticsD T005H04N Interactive Video Distribution Systems C T007G01N Investigating or Analyzing Atomic Surface Structure by Scanning- Probe Techniques A T008B82Nano-TechnologyB T009F16D Brakes - Disc, Drum and their controls C T010B60K6/ Hybrid Vehicles Having Electrical and Internal Combustion Engines E T012H01L51/ Organic Solid State Devices C T014B60W Conjoint control of drive units; Conjoint control of at least two sub- units thereof C T020G03G13/,15/ Electric or magnetic imagery (eg photocopying): forming toner images, perfecting toner images A T021G05G1/14PedalsF T023G06T Image processing C T024H02M7/42Inverter devicesD Reasons History Actions Procedure Actions for ALS Harmony to IPC Status

22 Current projects 2/3 ProjectIPCSubjectPhase T025H04WWireless CommunicationE T026G09G3/28 Driving of Plasma Displays C T027G05D1/02 Control of position or course (Automatic pilot) C T028B24B Making abrading tools A T030B42D Credit cards A T031H01M Lithium Ion Batteries D T032H04HBroadcasting distribution systemsD T033B60R Air bags for vehicles A T035F24F5/ Air-conditioning systems (outdoor units) C T036G03F1/ Photo-masks and screens A T037H01L33/ Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) A T038A01M Scaring and repelling devices A T039B23K26/ Working with laser beams A T040 C02F1/52- 1/56,5/00 Water treatment A T041E05BLocksA Reasons History Actions Procedure Actions for ALS Harmony to IPC Status

23 Current projects 3/3 ProjectIPCSubjectPhaseT042F16H Hydrostatic transmissions A T043G06F21/ Computer security A T044H01R12/ Electric connectors specially adapted for printed circuits A T045H01R13/ Details of electric connectors A T046H01R24/ Overall structure of electric connectors A T047H04N7/26 Digital coding of video A T048A61K31/ Medicinal Preparations containing organic active ingredients A T049C07D Heterocyclic compounds A T050C07HCarbohydratesA T051C07JSteroidsA T052G01S1/,5/ Position fixing by coordinating two or more direction or position-line determination (GPS) A T053G06F3/ Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) A T054 G04C9/,11/, G04G5/,7/ Wave clocks A T055 G04 except T054 HorologyA T056B41N Printing plates or foils; materials for surfaces used in printing machines for printing, inking, damping, etc.; preparing such surfaces for use and conserving them A Reasons History Actions Procedure Actions for ALS Harmony to IPC Status

24 Thank you for your attention ! IPC Forum Geneva, 13 February 2006


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