Consult with an Attorney about your Invention, Trademark or Copyright
 
Atlanta Patent Attorney
  eMail: info@trwiplaw.com
Phone: 770-777-0977
Williamson Intellectual Property Law, LLC
Intellectual Property Practice Areas
Patents
Trademarks
Copyrights
About Intellectual Property Law Firm
Intellectual Property Clients
Intellectual Property Staff
Intellectual Property Employment
Patent Listings
Intellectual Property Articles
Intellectual Property Related Links
Intellectual Property Law Firm Sitemap
Contact Patent Atlanta Attorneys

Atlanta Patent Law Firm Terms of Use

 

How does the patent classification system work?

AddThis Social Bookmark Button
 

The United States Patent and Trademark Office organizes filed patent applications and issued patents through an electronic classification system. There are three broad subject matter areas which further consist of classes and subclasses: Utility (devoted to technology), Plant (devoted to any asexually reproduced new and distinct variety of plant), and Design (devoted to ornamental protection of functional devices).

Utility patents make up the majority of filed patents by far, and as such, classes under the Utility heading range all the way from 001 to 987, with only a few numbers in between left void of any class association. There are a total of 33 classes under the Design heading, while the Plant heading has no classes, instead being immediately organized into subclasses. Each of the classes under the Design and Utility headings are further branched into a myriad of distinct subclasses. The USPTO maintains written definitions associated with all the classes and subclasses to further clarify what specific subject matter they encompass.

For more information on intellectual property, please visit Patent, Trademark, Copyright Information.

The content of this article is not intended to be, and does not constitute, legal advice and does not create attorney-client privilege. Consult the attorney of your choice before embarking on any legal matter or any document preparation/filing.

Return to Quick Answers

 

Dr. Thomas R. (Terry) Williamson III is a Patent Attorney practicing in Atlanta, Georgia.

C2008, Williamson Intellectual Property Law, LLC; all rights reserved, world-wide.

Williamson Intellectual Property Law, LLC
1870 The Exchange, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30339
770-777-0977
http://www.trwiplaw.com
AddThis Social Bookmark Button

 

Williamson Intellectual Property Law, LLC
1870 The Exchange, Suite 100 - Atlanta, Georgia 30339