Union for the International Patent Classification (IPC Union)
Union pour la classification internationale des brevets
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1975, Strasbourg (France), on entry into force of Strasbourg Agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification (IPC Agreement). Agreement amended 1979. A union administered by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Establish a classification of the fields of technology with a view to facilitating searching patent documents and making searches for anticipations.Available with paid subscription only.
International Patent Classification (IPC) divides technology into 8 main sections with approximately 64,000 subdivisions. Worldwide uniformity of classification would greatly facilitate retrieval of documents. The IPC is already used by patent offices in more than 70 countries and is designed to achieve such uniformity.
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- Patents, Copyright
- Informatics, Classification
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