US Patent Classification by USPTO

Until 2013, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) used its own classification which, in some cases, deviated significantly from the internationally used International Patent Classification (IPC). Since January 1st, 2013, USPTO uses CPC.  

All patents, until 1920, have been reclassified and can be found by using CPC when performing patent searches. US patent publications published after January 1st, 2013, shows the CPC. Patents and applications prior to this date include the US classes. 


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