The EPO signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Institute of Industrial Property of Argentina (INPI) on the introduction of the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) by INPI.
In deciding to adopt the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC), INPI joins other Latin American countries which already use the CPC, including Mexico, Brazil and Chile. Officially launched by the EPO and the USPTO in January 2013, the CPC is now considered the new global standard for refined patent classification. It is already in use, or will soon be used, by 26 patent offices around the world. Applying the same classification scheme can facilitate access for users and experts alike to technical information contained in patent documents, and improve the quality of patents.Under the agreement signed yesterday, Argentina's IP office will start classifying its publications in the CPC by January 2019. The EPO and the INPI will co-operate on IT aspects and training, including the provision of training to all INPI patent examiners.