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OPS webservice now includes CPC symbols

Posted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:02 pm
by EPO / OPS Support
The EPO has just released OPS version 3.0. With today's release of you can access a new version of OPS providing Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) symbols and the new CPC classification search service.

Please note that CPC classification service is only available in OPS REST.

We strongly recommend that you switch to version 3.0 as soon as you can due to the time schedule for the OPS REST 2012/2013 transition:

17 December 2012: (OPS with CPC classification) available in the public domain.
Users can start using the new 3.0 version. will continue to be available at

01 February 2013: will be replaced with until 01 March 2013 when 2.6.2 version will be switched off.

01 February 2013: will be the (3.0) default environment.

Updated user documentation is available on the OPS website. (

The European Patent Office (EPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) scheme and some finalised CPC definitions are now available in preparation for the 01 January 2013 official launch. The CPC is a joint project aimed at developing a common classification scheme for technical documents, in particular patent publications, which will be used by both offices in the patent granting process. In order to prepare for official launch, all ECLA classification symbols in our data were converted into CPC symbols. For more information on CPC classification see the official CPC site. (http://www.cooperativepatentclassificat ... about.html)