EPO and USPTO launched the Cooperative Patent Classification System
The CPC is the result of a partnership between the EPO and the USPTO in their joint effort to develop a common, internationally compatible classification system for technical documents, in particular patent publications, which will be used by both offices in the patent granting process.
1 November 2016
The 2016.11 version of the CPC scheme is now in force.
As announced, the 2016.11 version of the CPC scheme which was pre-released on 4 October 2016 is now in force