How USPTO Classification Works: Targeted Drafting to Influence Prosecution Outcomes
Patent Classifications Used at the Patent Office
The other patent classification system used by the USPTO is the United States Patent Classification (USPC) system. The USPC is used for administrative functions, such as gathering performance metrics. It is also a critical part of the art unit routing process. When a patent application is filed with the USPTO, it is first sent to a classification contractor who returns the application to the USPTO with an assigned USPC classification code. The USPTO then assigns the patent application to the art unit that is mapped to the assigned USPC classification code. The criteria used for assigning USPC codes to patent applications is both technology specific and highly complex, but, because the assignment criteria are defined by specific rule sets, USPC code assignments are also potentially predictable.
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To learn more about targeted drafting and how patents are classified, be sure to check out our “How Classification Works at the USPTO” webinar.