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SLAUGHTERING
Apparatus for fettering animals to be slaughtered
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Devices for collecting, confining, transporting, loading, unloading, guiding and/or leading animals to be slaughtered.

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US200516462

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EP0852115

Slaughtering or stunning ( { anaesthetising animals A61D 7/04} ; cutting in general B26)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Slaughtering or stunning of animals.

References relevant to classification in this subclass/group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Anaesthetising of animals
Cutting in general
B26, B26B, and B26D
Pistols
Glossary of terms
In this subclass/group, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:
Stunning
Rendering animals immobile or unconscious, without killing the animal, prior to their being slaughtered for food
by means of bolts, e.g. slaughtering pistols, cartridges { ( pistols F41C) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Pistols and cartridges used for stunning and slaughtering of animals. Devices hitting the animal generally on the head with or without penetration.

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US4757627

Masks for animals to be slaughtered; Masks combined with stunning arrangements
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Masks for animals to be slaughtered, combined or not with stunning arrangements.

Slaughtering or stunning by electric current ( electric circuits therefor H05C)
Definition statement
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FR2750295

for poultry or fish, e.g. slaughtering pliers, slaughtering shears
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US2010107986

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WO2010133379

Kosher slaughtering devices
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Kosher, halal and other ritual slaughtering devices.

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EP2003981

Accessories for use during or after slaughtering
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Accessories used during the operations carried out in a slaughterhouse.

References relevant to classification in this subclass/group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Cleaning and disinfecting poultry carcasses
Special rules of classification within this subclass/group

Chilling or lowering the temperature of carcasses A22B 5/0076

Cleaning or disinfecting carcasses A22B 5/0082

Electric stimulation of carcasses A22B 5/0088

{Eviscerating devices, e.g. removing rectum, anus, intestines, brain tissue, hypophysis ( for poultry A22C 21/06 ; for fish A22C 25/14) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Devices for eviscerating slaughtered animals.

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JP9028283

References relevant to classification in this subclass/group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Eviscerating poultry
Eviscerating fish
{Apparatus for cutting, dividing or deboning carcasses}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Performing cutting operations on animal carcasses

References relevant to classification in this subclass/group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Splitting carcasses
Deboning meat
{Cutting open the abdominal cavity of a carcass}
Definition statement
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EP0743006

{Cutting through or detaching portions of a carcass ( splitting carcasses A22B 5/20) }
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EP1740053

{Deboning or obtaining boneless pieces of meat from a carcass ( devices for deboning meat A22C 17/004) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Deboning carcasses and/or obtaining boneless portions of a carcass

{Electronic, robotic or computer assisted cutting, dividing or deboning carcasses}
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{Hand-tools for deboning, cutting or dividing carcasses}
Definition statement
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US2006070502

{Severing the head or the jaw of a carcass, slaughterhouse operations on animal heads}
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EP0849995

{Removing feet or hooves from carcasses}
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US2004116061

{for classifying or grading carcasses; for measuring back fat}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Means and methods for classifying carcasses according to different parameters, including non-invasive scanning of meat or carcasses using image recognition, tomography, x-rays, ultrasound or similar techniques to classify the animal/cut according to its physiological characteristics.

References relevant to classification in this subclass/group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Image analysis
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Analysing meat e.g. searching for foreign embedded objects
Slaughtering pens
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Pens and boxes for supporting, restraining and/or immobilising animals to be slaughtered.

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EP0570851

Blood-collecting apparatus; Blood-stirring devices
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Devices and methods for bleeding slaughtered animals, collecting their blood, or assisting and checking the bleeding process.

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EP0843970

Slaughtering stands or spreaders for cattle
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Spreaders and stands for supporting big animals in order to perform slaughtering operations thereon.

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US2009143001

This class includes spreaders for big game animals, which can be used both indoors and outdoors and that can be portable or not.

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US7059956

Scalding; Scraping; Dehairing; Singeing ( treatment of hides or skins C14B)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Scalding or burning the skin of slaughtered animals for dehairing or removing residues. Skin cleaning devices.

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References relevant to classification in this subclass/group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Treatment of hides or skins
Plucking poultry
Scalding or singeing poultry
Special rules of classification within this subclass/group

Hand-operated instruments A22B 5/10

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Clips for the tongue; Arrangements for closing the throat
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Means for closing the throat, trachea or oesophagus of a carcass animal in order to so as to prevent the contents of the stomach spilling onto the carcass and/or ground when the animal carcass is suspended

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Skinning instruments or knives
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Devices and methods for removing the skin from slaughtered animals

References relevant to classification in this subclass/group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Skinning poultry
Skinning fish
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Disc cutters
Motor-driven hand tools with disc blades
Motor-driven tools with annular blades
{Methods or means for pulling the hide from carcasses}
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{Skinning knives with disc-shaped blades ( disc cutters B26D 1/14 ; motor-driven hand tools with disc blades B26B 25/00) }
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{Ring knives specially adapted for skinning ( motor driven tools with annular blades B26B 25/002) }
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{Drum skinners}
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{Hand tools specially adapted for skinning carcasses}
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Cleaning the stomach of slaughtered animals
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Treating in general and cleaning in particular the stomach and intestines of slaughtered animals. Recovering objects (e.g. capsules) thereof and extracting products therefrom. Separating the stomach from the rest of entrails (e.g. extracting poultry gizzards)

Splitting instruments { ( cutting operations on carcasses other than splitting A22B 5/0017) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Cutting the backbone of a carcass in order to split it in two halves

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Also includes:

Removing spinal cord and other medullar tissue

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Meat saws: band saws, disc saws, reciprocating saws and manual saws

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Guides and holders for supporting the carcass during the splitting operation

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References relevant to classification in this subclass/group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Splitting of hides
Cutting, dividing or deboning carcasses
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Knives
Slaughterhouse arrangements
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Further slaughterhouse arrangements not directly related to the operations performed on the carcass

Also comprising mobile slaughtering units

Illustrative example of subject matter classfied in this group:

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US5538466

References relevant to classification in this subclass/group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Poultry shackles
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Overhead conveyors
Special rules of classification within this subclass/group

Conveying arrangements A22B 7/001, comprising also:

gambrels, hooks and other arrangements for suspending carcasses

Illustrative examples of subject matter classfied in this group:

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WO0074491

Means for identifying or containing information relative to the carcass or piece of meat that can be attached or are embedded in the conveying means

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WO9836645

Means for positioning, orienting and supporting carcasses as they are being conveyed

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US3736622

rail configurations and connections for conveying suspended carcasses

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GB2111928

hooking, unhooking and transfer means to transfer carcasses from one conveying unit onto a different one

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US4838036

Transportation of carcasses by means of trolleys or special vehicles as well as by manual means

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FR2648100

{for temporary storage, disposal, cooling or removal of cadavers, carrion, offal or similar slaughterhouse waste}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Methods and machinery for receiving the viscera and entrails of a carcass

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US4090275

Methods and machinery for cleaning slaughterhouse installations and treating its residues and waste

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WO2009156972

References relevant to classification in this subclass/group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Furnaces for the cremation of carcasses
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Last Modified: 10/11/2013