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STREET CLEANING; CLEANING OF PERMANENT WAYS; CLEANING BEACHES; DISPERSING {or preventing} FOG IN GENERAL {Cleaning street or railway furniture or tunnel walls}(cleaning in general B08B)
Definition statement
This subclass covers:

Methods and apparatus for cleaning streets, sports areas and the like.

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

Mowers convertible to apparatus for sweeping or cleaning lawns or other surfaces, e.g. to remove snow, or capable of sweeping or cleaning lawns or other surfaces

Domestic, i.e. indoor cleaning

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Cleaning in general

Removing undesirable matter from roads or like surfaces, with or without moistening of the surface (for snow or ice E01H 5/00; cleaning tramway rails E01H 8/00; obstruction removers on vehicles B60R 19/00; in combination with application of bitumen or the like E01C 19/16; in combination with application of traffic line E01C 23/16; { Sweeping apparatus, particularly for lawns A01G 1/12; Removing undesirable matter from floors and similar surfaces A47L 5/00 to A47L 13/00})
Definition statement
This group covers:

Apparatus for removing undesirable matter, e.g. by brushing, pneumatic, hydraulic or magnetic effect.

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

Mower

Sweeping apparatus particularly for lawns

Removing undesirable matter from (indoor) floors and similar surfaces

Obstruction-removers on vehicles

Removing undesirable matter in combination with application of bitumen or the like

Cleaning cuts, grooves in pavement; trimming pavement edges

Removing undesirable matter in combination with application of traffic lines

Moistening per se

Removing snow

Cleaning tramway rails

Removing oil or like floating materials from open water

Built in cleaning device for tunnels or other underground cavities

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Brushes in general

Suction cleaners in general

Sand-blasting in general

Constructional measures for draining the road

Rotating brushes for removing snow

Applying liquids to roads or like surfaces, e.g. for dust control; Stationary flushing devices (combined with removal of undesirable matter E01H 1/00; spray heads, other outlets B05B; { applying hot water for melting snow E01H 5/10; applicators for melting liquids E01H 10/00; weed destruction E01H 11/00})
Definition statement
This group covers:

Mobile and fixed devices mainly for dust control.

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

Watering sportsgrounds

Dust-laying agents

Weed destruction on roads

Applying hot water for melting snow

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Spray heads and similar outlets

Applying liquids for road paving

Applying marking material

Combined with removal of undesirable matter

Hydrants

Working on surfaces of snow or ice in order to make them suitable for traffic or sporting purposes, e.g. by compacting snow (production of artificial snow F25C 3/04)
Definition statement
This group covers:

Working on surfaces of snow or ice in order to make them suitable for traffic or sporting purposes, e.g. by compacting snow.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Production of artificial snow or ice for winter sports

Removing snow or ice from roads or like surfaces; Grading or roughening snow or ice (by applying de-icing agents E01H 10/00; obstruction removers on vehicles B60R 19/00; sand, gravel or salt spreaders E01C 19/20)
References relevant to classification in this group
This group does not cover:

Obstruction removers on vehicles

Removing snow from vehicles

Stationary paving heating devices

Roughening by applying de-icing agents

Removing snow from roofs

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Shovels or spades

Apparatus equipped with, or having provisions for equipping with, both elements {for especially} removal of refuse or the like and elements for removal of snow or ice (E01H 8/10 takes precedence)
Special rules of classification within this group

Hardly used.

Removing undesirable matter from the permanent way of railways; Removing undesirable matter from tramway rails (E01H 1/00 to E01H 6/00 take precedence; { controlling vegetation E01H 11/00; removing ballast from rails or sleepers E01B 27/023; removing, cleaning the ballast itself E01B 27/04, E01B 27/06})
Definition statement
This group covers:

Devices or methods for removing dirt and snow from rails and railway tracks, including moving heating devices.

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

Obstruction removers on rail vehicles

Removing ballast from rails or sleepers or cleaning the ballast itself

Built in devices for protecting the permanent way against snow or ice

Controlling undesirable vegetation

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Removing snow in general

Plasma torches

Improving gripping of ice-bound or other slippery traffic surfaces, e.g. using gritting or thawing materials {Roadside storage of gritting or solid thawing materials; Permanently installed devices for applying gritting or thawing materials; Mobile apparatus specially adapted for treating wintry roads by applying liquid, semi-liquid or granular materials}(roughening ice by means of tools E01H 5/12; applying de-icing agents to rails E01H 8/10; thawing materials C09K 3/18; by constructional features E01C 11/24; {apparatus for distributing granular materials for road building purposes E01C 19/20; treatment of dispersed oil or similar pollution on roads E01H 1/001})
Relationship between large subject matter areas

Apparatus for spreading granular material for roads in general are classified in E01C 19/20.

Apparatus specifically for treating wintry roads, like heated or wetted granular is classified in E01H 10/00.

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

Thawing materials

Apparatus for distributing granular materials for road building purposes

Improving gripping by constructional features

Treatment of dispersed oil or similar pollution on roads

Roughening ice by means of tools

Applying de-icing agents to rails

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Apparatus for distributing granular materials for road building purposes

Control of undesirable vegetation on roads {or similar surfaces} or permanent ways of railays, {e.g. devices for scorching weeds or for applying herbicides}(destruction of undesirable vegetation in general A01M 7/00 to A01M 15/00, A01M 21/00; weeding involving working the ballast E01B 27/00; mowers for embankments A01D 34/86; hedge shearing machines A01G 3/04); Applying liquids, e.g. water, weed-killer bitumen, to permanent ways (specially to rails E01H 8/10{E01H 8/105, E01H 8/125}; for preserving sleepers E01B 31/20)
References relevant to classification in this group
This group does not cover:

Destruction of undesirable vegetation in general

Weeding involving working the ballast

Mowers for embankments

Applying liquids specially to rails

Preserving sleepers

Cleaning beaches { or sandboxes}
References relevant to classification in this group
This group does not cover:

Oil removal from roads

Removing oil from open water

Dispersing {or preventing} fog in general, e.g. on roads, on airfields {(condensing atmospheric humidity in general A01G 15/00; obtaining drinking water from atmospheric humidity E03B 3/28; heating or blowing devices for keeping roads or the like free from snow or ice E01C 11/26)}
Definition statement
This group covers:

Removing or preventing fog.

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

Condensing atmospheric humidity in general

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:

Heating or blowing devices for keeping roads or the like free from snow or ice

Obtaining drinking water from atmospheric humidity

Removing undesirable matter, e.g. rubbish, from the land, not otherwise provided for (gatherers for removing stones, roots or the like from the soil A01B 43/00)
References relevant to classification in this group
This group does not cover:

Gatherers for removing stones, roots or the like from the soil

Special rules of classification within this group

Not used

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Last Modified: 10/11/2013