Categorizing the useful arts: Past, present, and future development of patent classification in the United States

Heather J.E. Simmons

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Abstract

In 1836, Congress directed the Commissioner of Patents to develop a patent classification system. After 178 years of dynamic development, that United States Patent Classification system is being retired in favor of a new system, developed jointly with the European Patent Office, called Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC). Professor Simmons presents the history of the patent classification system in the United States and discusses how CPC is being implemented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)563-577
Number of pages15
JournalLaw Library Journal
Volume106
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Law

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