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SERVICING, CLEANING, REPAIRING, SUPPORTING, LIFTING, OR MANOEUVRING OF VEHICLES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
Cleaning of vehicles (by apparatus not integral with vehicle B60S 3/00; cleaning in general B08B; de-icing of aircraft B64D; heating arrangements specially adapted for transparent or reflecting areas H05B 3/84 )
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Cleaning devices used for cleaning any parts of the vehicle and being fixed to the vehicle (defogging devices, wipers for windscreen or rear windows, nozzles distributing washing liquid, scrapers fixed to the wheels, ...).

The cleaning devices being separate to the vehicle are to be found under B60S 3/00.

Relationship between large subject matter areas

Heated wires embedded in the windshield are to be found in H05B 3/84 and defrosting by deflecting air from the air-conditioning unit is classified in B60H. B60S 1/023 is therefore only concerned with the specific control of the defrosting (in particular automatic control using sensors for external conditions)

Hydrophobic films when applied to windscreens are both classified in B60S 1/02 and C09K 3/18.

The group B60S 1/0818 and subgroups are concerned with rain sensors for automatic control of the windscreen wipers. The documents concerned with the type of detection should have both a classification in B60S 1/0818 or subgroups and a classification in the corresponding type of detection (optical detection G01N 21/45, by varying capacitance G01N 27/22). When the document is about a multi-functional camera, only an Indexing Code (namely B60S 1/0844) but no EC symbol is given to this document. The main groups for those documents should be either stereoscopic detection H04N 13/00 or image recognition G06K 9/00.

The group B60S 1/0848 concerns the cleaning of cameras when the camera is used as a rain sensor for controlling the wipers on the vehicle. Automatic cleaning of cameras is classified under H04N. Cleaning of radars or external cameras installed on vehicles (by wipers or heating devices) are classified in B60S 1/56.

The documents concerned with the electric wiper motors are normally classified in H02K 7/116 but get a classification in B60S 1/166 as well. The same rule applies to gearings F16H 1/00, ball-joints F16C, sealings F16F or other functional fields.

The extrusion of the wiper rubber is classified in B29C 69/00, only an Indexing Code (B60S 2001/3898) is given in our field. The same applies to the chemical composition of coatings for wiper blade rubbers, the relevant field being C08J 7/00 and the Indexing Code B60S 2001/3829.

Packaging for wiper blades are both classified in B60S 1/38 (if applicable B60S 1/3848) and B65D.

Washing liquid nozzles having specific features for creating a specific spray (e.g. fluidic oscillators) are both classified in B60S 1/52 and B05B.

Water heaters for heating washing liquid for windscreen washer reservoirs are both classified in B60S 1/488 and F24H 1/12. Documents showing reservoirs of washing liquid can also be classified in pumps (F04D), liquid level indicator (G01F 23/00), funnels (B67C 11/00) or front structure of car body (B62D 25/08). Some reservoirs are combined with cooling fluid expansion reservoirs for heating purposes, they should get both classifications B60S 1/487 and F02P11/02E.

The group B60S 1/54 is concerned with cleaning by using air. However, defrosters for the windscreen deflecting air from the air-conditioning device are classified in B60H.

The group B60S 1/56 is concerned with cleaning of other part or devices than the front window. However a specific group exist in B60R 1/06 for cleaning rear-view mirrors. When cleaning is made using a wiper, a relevant classification for wipers in groups B60S 1/04 to B60S 1/44 is added.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
De-icing of aircraft
Heating arrangements for transparent or reflecting areas
Air-conditioning for vehicles
Cleaning of rear-view mirrors
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Coating of wiper blades
Extrusion of wiper blades
Packaging (for wiper blades)
Spraying devices
Electric wiper motors
Casings of wiper motors
Suction cleaners
Cleaning in general
Hydrophobic films
Special rules of classification within this group

The groups B60S 1/04 to B60S 1/44 are concerned with windscreen wipers and their different consisting parts (mounting on the vehicle B60S 1/04, electric control B60S 1/08, motor-reduction units B60S 1/166, transmissions B60S 1/18 to B60S 1/24, wiper arms B60S 1/34, wiper blades* B60S 1/38, Connection between wiper arm and wiper blade B60S 1/40).

* The term "wiper blade" relates to the wiper squeegee (wiping lip) together with its support structure. The structure is either made of articulated elements (B60S 1/3801) or from a single flat element (flat-type wiper blade B60S 1/3848). A flat-type wiper blade should always either get an EC or an Indexing Code under B60S 1/3848 even if only visible on the figures (this remark is particularly relevant for documents concerned with connectors for wiper blade and wiper arm).

Warning : A series of Indexing Codes B60S 2001/3812 - B60S 2001/3846 does not have a corresponding EC classification. They are however to be used when their titles correspond specifically to the wiper blades described in the documents.

The flat-type wiper blades B60S 1/3848 have a corresponding EC/Indexing Code scheme except for B60S 2001/3898 (only Indexing Code). Here the general rule applies: Invention information under EC - Additional information under Indexing Code

The blade-arm connection does not have a corresponding EC or Indexing Code scheme. Some specific details of connections are only present in the Indexing Code scheme. The document got usually the best relevant EC classification. If the best classification is an Indexing Code symbol, this Indexing Code is given together with one EC and other Indexing Codes related to additional information.

Vehicle cleaning apparatus not integral with vehicles (cleaning in general B08B; cleaning peculiar to waterborne vessels B63B 57/00, B63B 59/00; ground equipment for cleaning aircraft B64F 5/00; [N: multistage treatment applied to waste water from vehicle wash installations C02F 9/00 ])
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Washing bays and separate hand-held devices specific for cleaning vehicles. The term vehicles has to be understood in its broad sense as cleaning devices for golf carts, shopping trolleys or wheelchairs are also classified here.

Cleaning of car structure (for example before painting) is not covered by this groups as it concerns only complete vehicle being in use. Cleaning of dismounted wheels can however be found under B60S 3/042.

Relationship between large subject matter areas

Documents relating to cleaning in general are classified in B08B.

Bicycle chain cleaners are classified in B60S 3/041 and B62J.

Documents showing ice-scrapers, mops or window-cleaning are only classified in A47L except if only used in combination with a vehicle (in this case the classification B60S 3/045 is added).

When a document discloses the characteristics of a brush for car wash systems, it should be both classified in B60S 3/06 and in A46B.

Washing with textiles curtains strips should be classified in B60S 3/04 and not in B60S 3/06 (rotating brushes).

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:

Examples of places where the subject matter of this group is covered when specially adapted, used for a particular purpose, or incorporated in a larger system:

Cleaning peculiar to waterborne vessels
Ground equipment for cleaning aircraft
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Mops, ice scrapers
Conveyers
Bicycle chain cleaners
Snow-mobiles, motorcycles
B62M67/00
Multistage treatment applied to waste water
Chemical mixing devices
Cleaning or de-greasing metallic material
Drying devices
Servicing, maintaining, repairing or refitting of vehicles ([N: collecting or removing exhaust gases in workshops B08B 15/002; straightening vehicle body parts B21D 1/12, B21D 1/14]; vehicles adapted to carry a workshop for servicing or maintenance B60P 3/14; servicing rail locomotives B61K); [N: registering or indicating the working of vehicles G07C 5/00: testing of vehicles G01M 17/00; arrangements for electrical testing G01R 31/00; devices for monitoring or checking brake systems B60T 17/22; filling or draining lubricant F01M 11/04; means for collecting, retaining, or draining-off lubricant F16N 31/00; draining of lubricant from gearing F16H 57/0406; assembly or repair of springs or dampers F16F 9/3271; tool, instrument or work supports or storage means used in association with vehicles B25H 5/00 ]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Methods for repairing and the combination of services.

Very few documents are present in this group as there seem always to be a better place to classify these documents. JPO seem to use it more frequently.

Relationship between large subject matter areas

Tools or bench devices : B25B 1/00

Registering or indicating the working of vehicles G07C 5/00

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Straightening vehicle body parts
Testing of vehicles
Arrangements for electrical testing
Devices for monitoring or checking brake systems
Filling or draining lubricant
Means for collecting, retaining, or draining-off lubricant
Draining of lubricant from gearing
Assembly or repair of springs or dampers
Assembling motor vehicles
Registering or indicating the working of vehicles
Administration of vehicle repair process
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Collecting or removing exhaust gases in workshops
Vehicles adapted to carry a workshop for servicing or maintenance
Servicing rail locomotives
Tools or bench devices
Registering or indicating the working of vehicles
Supplying fuel to vehicles; General disposition of plant in filling stations (apparatus for transferrring measured quantities of petrol, oil, or the like from storage space to vehicles B67D)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

This group is only concerned with the exterior arrangement of service station plants but not with the dispensing of the fuel itself which is classified in subclass B67D. Documents in this group are concerned with mobile fuel stations, arrangement of service or technical rooms, arrangement of other services like cleaning, tyre air refill or similar subject matter.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Transferring measured quantities of petrol, oil, or the like from storage space to vehicles
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Buildings or like structures
Coin-freed apparatus
Displaying, advertising
Supplying air for tyre inflation (arrangement of tyre inflating devices on vehicles B60C 23/00; tyre pressure gauges G01L 17/00; [N: pumps actuated by muscle power F04B 33/00 ])
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Air supply for vehicle tyre inflation.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Arrangement of tyre inflating devices on vehicles
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Pumps actuated by muscle power
Tyre pressure gauges
Mounting or dismounting of wheels
Filling of containers with liquefied gases under pressure
Supplying batteries to, or removing batteries from, vehicles (circuit arrangements for charging batteries H02J 7/00 )
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Documents in this group are only concerned with battery exchange service stations.

Relationship between large subject matter areas

Documents related to service stations with an automatic system for recharging batteries (no exchange) are classified in B60L 11/18.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Arrangement of batteries in the vehicle
Charging of batteries
Arrangement of batteries in fork lift trucks
Automatic payment
Batteries in general
Circuit arrangements for charging batteries
Ground-engaging vehicle fittings for supporting, lifting, or manoeuvring the vehicle, wholly or in part, e.g. built-in jacks [N: props for vehicle draw bars B60D 1/66; anti-theft devices acting on vehicle jacking means B60R 25/001 ]; (lifting devices in general B66F, supports in general F16M)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Only supporting devices being fixed to the vehicle.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:

Examples of places where the subject matter of this group is covered when specially adapted, used for a particular purpose, or incorporated in a larger system:

Outriggers for cranes
Outriggers for ground engaging machines
Outriggers for concrete pumps
Vehicles for placing portable bridges
Root extracting machines
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Supports in general
Anti-theft devices acting on vehicle jacking means
Props for vehicle draw bars
Vehicles with ground-engaging propulsion means, e.g. walking members
Track vehicles with additional or alternative ground wheels
Auxiliary drives from a ground wheel
Load transporting devices (loading platforms)
Lifting devices in general
Vehicle modifications for receiving separate lifting, supporting, or manoeuvring devices
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Documents in that group are concerned with vehicles presenting supporting elements for receiving separate lifting devices i.e. devices which are not an integral part of the vehicle (like the classical scissors jack for example).

Vehicle-manoeuvring devices separate from the vehicle (vehicle lifting [N: e.g. liftable turntables] or pushing devices B66F; [N: workshop equipment B25H])
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Only turntables or traverses specifically designed to move vehicles

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Equipment fixed to parking garages
Conveyers for vehicles
Vehicle lifting or pushing device
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Workshop equipment
Conveyers in general
Castors for vehicles
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