USPTO and European Patent Office Team Up on Classification System October 27th, 2010Patents/IP USPTO and European Patent Office Team Up on Classification System Daniel Sineway On October 22, 2010, the U.S. Patent & Trademark office (USPTO) and European Patent Office (EPO) announced that the two agencies plan to create a common patent classification system for classifying patents and other prior art according to common subject matter definitions. The common classification scheme will be primarily based on the EPO’s standard, but will include best practices of both agencies. The goal of the unified classification system is to help the two agencies begin to eliminate unnecessary duplication of effort in examining patent applications, thereby promoting more efficient examinations and enhancing examination quality. Overall, a unified system should enable patent examiners to rely on the searches and examinations of other offices, and thus hopefully reduce patent backlog and subjectivity in patent examination. This information is presented for educational purposes and is not intended to constitute legal advice; see disclaimer at http://www.www.mmmtechlaw.com/privacy-policy-and-disclaimer/. Contact Daniel Sineway for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments? Join the discussion on the MMMTechLaw LinkedIn group page.