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LINE CONNECTORS; CURRENT COLLECTORS (switches, fuses H01H; coupling devices of the waveguide type H01P 5/00; switching arrangements for the supply or distribution of electric power H02B; installations of electric lines, cables or auxiliary apparatus H02G; printed means for providing electric connections to or between printed circuits H05K)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

all kinds of contact-making disconnectible and non-disconnectible electric line connectors, coupling devices, lamp or similar holders or current collectors for all kinds of electric lines, cables or apparatus;

non-printed means for electric connections to or between printed circuits.

Relationship between large subject matter areas

This subclass does not cover mounting of connections in or on specified apparatus. Such mounting is covered by the relevant subclass for such apparatus, e.g. mounting in junction or distribution boxes is covered by subclass H02B or H02G, high-temperature connections for heating elements is covered by group H05B 3/08. Structural association of one part of a coupling device with specific electric apparatus is classified with the apparatus, e.g. association of cap with incandescent lamp is covered by subclass H01K.

References relevant to classification in this subclass
This subclass/group does not cover:
Switches, fuses
Coupling devices of the waveguide type
Switching arrangements for the supply or distribution of electric power
Installations of electric lines, cables or auxiliary apparatus
Printed means for providing electric connections to or between printed circuits
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Semiconductor devices
Special rules of classification within this subclass

In this subclass, a contact in a coupling device is only regarded as an additional earth contact if this contact is clearly designed for that purpose. General details are classified in groups H01R 4/00, H01R 9/00, H01R 11/00.

Glossary of terms
In this subclass/group, the following terms (or expressions) are used with the meaning indicated:

In this subclass, the following expressions are used with the meaning indicated

Pin
rigid or flexible conductor for engagement with an appropriately shaped socket to establish contact therewith
Socket
rigid or flexible conductor for receiving an appropriate pin to establish electrical contact therewith
Coupling devices
devices having two or more parts specially adapted so as to be capable of ready and repeated physical engagement or disengagement, without the use of a tool, for the purpose of establishing or breaking an electrical path. Examples of such devices having more than two parts are: a) adapters for linking two coupling parts; and b) rails or bus-bars provided with a plurality of discrete connecting locations for counterparts
Electrically-conductive connections not otherwise provided for
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Fixed connections types which are not foreseen elsewhere in H01R.

for making connection to a liquid ([N: slip rings with liquid contacts H01R 39/30; H01R 39/646]; electrodes for batteries or accumulators H01M)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Slip rings with liquid contacts
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Electrodes for batteries or accumulators
Electrically-conductive connections between two or more conductive members in direct contact and means for effecting or maintaining such contact (details of disengageable contacts of two-part coupling devices H01R 13/00; two-part coupling devices H01R 12/70, H01R 24/00 - H01R 33/00; flexible or turnable line connectors H01R 35/00; non rotary current collectors H01R 41/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Fixed connections, e.g. soldered, welded, spliced;

Direct connections between conductors and conductive members of coupling; Insulation-penetrating

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Details of disengageable contacts of two-part coupling devices
Two-part coupling devices
Flexible or turnable line connectors
Non rotary current collectors
Soldered or welded connections
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Soldered or welded connections between conductors of different materials
Making a soldered electrical connection simultaneously with the heat shrinking
Flexible printed circuits, flat or ribbon cables or like structures
[N: comprising preapplied solder]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 4/024

[N: Welded connections]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Soldered or welded connections between two or more cables or wires
Soldered or welded connections between cables or wires and terminal
Soldered or welded connections with built-in heat generating elements
Soldered or welded connections comprising means for eliminating an insulative layer prior to soldering or welding
Soldered or welded connections comprising means for positioning or holding the parts to be soldered or welded
Soldered or welded connections comprising means for preventing flowing or wicking of solder or flux in parts not desired
Riveted connections (by explosion H01R 4/08)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 4/06

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Riveted connections by explosion
by twisting
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 4/12

by wrapping
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 4/14

by bending
Definition statement
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Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 4/16

by crimping [N: (for coaxial cables H01R 9/0518)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Connections using shape memory materials
Insulation penetration combined with permanent deformation of contact member
Crimping for coaxial cables
[N: for flat conductive elements, e.g. flat cables (]
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Connections using shape memory materials
[N: for cylindrical elongated bodies, e.g. cables having circular cross-section]
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Connections using shape memory materials
[N: combined with a U-shaped insulation-receiving portion]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 4/185

using a crimping sleeve]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Connections using shape memory materials
End caps, i.e. of insulating or conductive material for covering or maintaining connections between wires entering the cap from the same end
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 4/22

Needle-point, slotted plate, or analogous contact members penetrating insulation or cable strands [N: (for multiphase cables H01R 9/031; for coaxial cables H01R 9/053; for flat cables H01R 12/67)]
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This subclass/group does not cover:
For multiphase cables
For coaxial cables
For flat cables
[N: having at least one tooth, prong, pin or needle penetrating the insulation (penetration into a wire end in axial direction H01R 4/5033)]
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Penetration into a wire end in axial direction
[N: actuated by means of at least one clamping screw (clamped connection using a screw H01R 4/30)]
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Clamped connection using a screw
[N: flat plate; multi-layered flat plate]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 4/2425

[N: the contact member having a slotted bent configuration, e.g. slotted bight]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 4/2462

Connections in which at least one of the connecting parts has projections which bite into or engage the other connecting part in order to improve the contact ([N: H01R 4/188, H01R 4/203, H01R 4/5075 take precedence]; using shape memory materials H01R 4/01)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 4/26

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Using shape memory materials
Clamped connections, spring connections (made by means of terminals specially adapted for contact with, or insertion into, printed circuits H01R 12/00)
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This subclass/group does not cover:
Connections made by means of terminals specially adapted for contact with, or insertion into, printed circuits
utilising a screw or nut clamping member (utilising a clamping member acted on by screw or nut H01R 4/38; [N: for coaxial cables H01R 9/0521])
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Utilising a clamping member acted on by screw or nut
Clamped connections, spring connections utilising a cam, wedge, cone or ball, also combined with a screw
For coaxial cables
[N: having means for preventing complete unscrewing of screw or nut (measures against loss of bolt or nut in general F16B 41/002)]
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This subclass/group does not cover:
Measures against loss of bolt or nut in general
[N: having means for preventing loosening of screw or nut, e.g. vibration-proof connection (locking of screw or nut in general F16B 39/00 and subgroups)]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 4/302

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Locking of screw or nut in general
[N: characterised by the thread of the screw or nut (shapes of thread, special thread forms F16B 33/02)]
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Shapes of thread, special thread forms
utilising a clamping member acted on by screw or nut
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Clamped connections, spring connections utilising a cam, wedge, cone or ball, also combined with a screw
Clamping areas on both sides of screw
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 4/44

utilising a spring, clip, or other resilient member
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Clamped connections, spring connections utilising a cam, wedge, cone or ball, which is spring loaded
[N: with an opening in the housing for insertion of a release tool]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 4/4827

[N: using an excentric element]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 4/505

One conductor screwing into another
Definition statement
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Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 4/56

characterised by the form or material of the contacting members
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 4/58

GB2256977

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Using shape memory materials
Connections between or with tubular conductors
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
One conductor screwing into another
Connections between conductors of different materials; Connections between or with aluminium or steel-core aluminium conductors
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This subclass/group does not cover:
Connections to or between superconductive connectors
Connections with the terrestrial mass, e.g. earth plate, earth pin
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 4/66

.

Insulation of connections (end caps H01R 4/22)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
End caps
using a heat shrinking insulating sleeve (heat recovarable plastics B29C 61/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 4/72

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Heat recovarable plastics
Connectors and connecting arrangements providing a plurality of mutually insulated connections; Terminals or binding posts mounted upon a base or in a case; Terminal strips; Terminal blocks (details of direct connections or connections using contact members penetrating insulation H01R 4/00; [N: individual connecting parts H01R 11/00;] specially adapted for printed circuits, flat or ribbon cables, or like generally planar structures H01R 12/00; coupling devices H01R 12/70, H01R 24/00-H01R 33/00; flexible or turnable line connectors H01R 35/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Structural associations of mutually-insulated electrical connecting elements

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Details of direct connections or connections using contact members penetrating insulation
Individual connecting parts
Individual connecting parts
Specially adapted for printed circuits, flat or ribbon cables, or like generally planar structures
Coupling devices
Flexible or turnable line connectors
[N: for multiphase cables, e.g. with contact members penetrating insulation of a plurality of conductors (insulation penetrating contact members in general H01R 4/24)]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 9/031

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Insulation penetrating contact members in general
[N: for shielded multiconductor cable (coaxial cables with one conductor surrounded by shield H01R 9/05; flat shielded cables H01R 9/0778)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Coaxial cables with one conductor surrounded by shield
Flat shielded cables
[N: twisted pair surrounded by shield]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 9/035

for coaxial cables
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Structural associations of coaxial cables

[N: Connection to outer conductor by crimping or by crimping ferrule (in general H01R 4/18)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Connection to outer conductor in general
[N: Connection to outer conductor by action of a nut (in general H01R 4/30)]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 9/0521

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Connection to outer conductor in general
[N: Connection to outer conductor by action of a clamping member, e.g. screw fastening means (in general H01R 4/38)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Connection to outer conductor in general
Connection to a rigid planar substrate
[N: Connection to outer conductor by action of a resilient member, e.g. spring (in general H01R 4/48)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Connection to outer conductor in general
[N: with contacts penetrating cable insulation for making contact with conductors, e.g. needle points (in general H01R 4/24)]
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This subclass/group does not cover:
In general
[N: with contacts having at least a slotted plate for penetration of cable insulation, e.g. insulation displacement contacts for round conductor flat cables (in general H01R 4/2416)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
In general
[N: with permanent deformation of contacts, e.g. crimping contacts for rectangular conductor flat cables (in general H01R 4/2495)]
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This subclass/group does not cover:
In general
Connectors for printed circuits (printed connections to or between printed circuits H05K); [N: Terminals, terminal strips, terminal blocks or bases for printed circuits]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Fixed connection wherein at least one of the elements to be connected is a rigid printed circuit board (PCB) or like structure.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Printed connections to or between printed circuits
[N: terminals for or connections to a printed circuit board]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Connection to a rigid planar substrate
[N: the printed circuits being on the same board (with plated through holes H05K 3/42)]
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This subclass/group does not cover:
With plated through holes
Fastening of connecting parts to base or case; Insulating connecting parts from base or case (lead-through insulators H01B 17/26)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 9/16

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Lead-through insulators
Bases, e.g. strip, block, panel [N: (for printed circuits H01R 12/50)]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Terminal strips, blocks, bases

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Bases for printed circuits
[N: Insulating enclosures for terminals (for switches H01H 9/0264)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Insulating enclosures for switches
[N: comprising a plurality of conductive flat strips providing connection between wires or components]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 9/226

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Bases comprising a plurality of conductive flat strips providing connection between wires or components
Terminal blocks
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 9/24

[N: Modular blocks]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Clip-on terminal blocks for side-by-side rail- or strip-mounting
[N: Structural association with built-in components (for coupling parts H01R 13/66)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Structural association with built-in components for coupling parts
[N: Fastening means for mounting on support rail or strip (H01R 9/2691 takes precedence; for switch or other electrical device H02B 1/042)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Fastening means for switch or other electrical device
Clip-on terminal blocks for side-by-side rail- or strip-mounting with ground wire connection to the rail
[N: with ground wire connection to the rail (in general H01R 4/64)]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 9/2691

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
With ground wire connection to the rail in general
Terminal boards
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 9/28

Connectors providing two or more spaced connecting locations for conductive members which are thereby interconnected; End pieces for wires or cables, supported by the wire or cable and for facilitating electrical connection to some other wire, terminal, or conductive member (connections between members in direct contact H01R 4/00 ; structural associations of a plurality of mutually-insulated electrical connecting elements H01R 9/00 ; coupling devices H01R 12/70, H01R 24/00-H01R 29/00, H01R 33/00 ; flexible or turnable line connectors H01R 35/00 )
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Connections between members in direct contact
Structural associations of a plurality of mutually-insulated electrical connecting elements
Coupling devices
Flexible or turnable line connectors
characterised by the relationship between the connecting locations
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
End pieces or tapping pieces for wires, supported by the wire and for facilitating electrical connection to some other wire, terminal or conductive member
the connecting locations having different types of direct connections
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 11/05

End pieces or tapping pieces for wires, supported by the wire and for facilitating electrical connection to some other wire, terminal or conductive member (H01R 11/01 takes precedence; for multiconductor cables H01R 9/11)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 11/11

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
For multiconductor cables
End pieces terminating in an eye, hook, or fork
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 11/12

End pieces terminating in a soldering tip or socket
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 11/16

End pieces terminating in a probe
Definition statement
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Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 11/18

End pieces terminating in a needle point or analogous contact for penetrating insulation or cable strands
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 11/20

End pieces terminating in a spring clip
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 11/22

End pieces terminating in a screw clamp, screw or nut
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 11/26

End pieces consisting of a ferrule or sleeve
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Connectors for car batteries

[N: Intermediate parts between battery post and cable end piece]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 11/287

End pieces held in contact by a magnet
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 11/30

End pieces with two or more terminations
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 11/32

Structural associations of a plurality of mutually-insulated electrical connecting elements, specially adapted for printed circuits, e.g. printed circuit boards [PCBs], flat or ribbon cables, or like generally planar structures, e.g. terminal strips, terminal blocks; Coupling devices specially adapted for printed circuits, flat or ribbon cables, or like generally planar structures; Terminals specially adapted for contact with, or insertion into, printed circuits, flat or ribbon cables, or like generally planar structures (printed connections to, or between, printed circuits H05K 1/11)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Printed connections to, or between, printed circuits
Fixed connections
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Fixed connections for PCB's, flat or ribbon cables or like structures

for rigid printed circuits or like structures
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Fixed connection of which one party is a rigid printed circuit board.

Fixed connection for members (e.g. connectors) to rigid printed circuit board by other structures than terminals (e.g. housing) that are not covered by H01R 12/52- H01R 12/58.

Special rules of classification within this group

Those characterized by the terminals are classified in H01R 12/55- H01R 12/58.

connecting to other rigid printed circuits or like structures
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Fixed connection of which both of the connecting parties are rigid printed circuit board.

[N: the printed circuits being on the same board (with plated through holes H05K 3/42)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Printed circuits being on the same board with plated through holes
connecting to cables except for flat or ribbon cables
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Fixed connection for cables mounted on rigid printed circuit board, the cable having a circular or similar cross section.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Connections with flat or a ribbon cables

characterized by the terminals
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Fixed connection for terminals to the rigid printed circuit board characterized by the shape or the mounting means of terminals, e.g. edge contact, including mounting of connectors to the printed circuit board.

surface mounting terminals
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Fixed connection for terminals (including terminals of the connector) mounted directly on the rigid printed circuit board by using soldering, etc.

terminals for insertion into holes
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Fixed connection for terminals (including terminals of the connector) inserted into holes that are provided on rigid printed circuit board.

for flexible printed circuits, flat or ribbon cables or like structures
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Fixed connection of which one party is flexible printed circuit board.

Fixed connection for members (e.g. connectors) to flexible printed circuit board by other structures than terminals (e.g. housing) that are not covered by H01R 12/61- H01R 12/69.

Special rules of classification within this group

Those characterized by the connection of terminals are classified in H01R 12/65- H01R 12/69.

[N: connections to contact elements]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 12/592

connecting to flexible printed circuits, flat or ribbon cables or like structures
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Fixed connection directly connecting between flexible printed circuit boards.

[N: having contacts penetrating insulation for making contact with conductors, e.g. needle points (in general H01R 4/24)]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 12/616

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Contacts penetrating insulation for making contact with conductors in general
connecting to rigid printed circuits or like structures
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Fixed connection directly connecting between flexible printed circuit board and rigid printed circuit board.

connecting to another shape cable
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Fixed connection for cables directly mounted on flexible printed circuit board.

characterized by the terminal
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Fixed connection characterized by the terminals directly mounted on flexible printed circuit board, e.g. edge contact.

insulation penetrating terminals
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Fixed connection by terminals penetrating the flexible printed circuit board e.g. insulation displacement terminal.

[N: with contacts having at least a slotted plate for penetration of cable insulation, e.g. insulation displacement contacts for round conductor flat cables (in general H01R 4/2416)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
With contacts having at least a slotted plate for penetration of cable insulation, in general
deformable terminals e.g. crimping terminals
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Fixed connection by partially deformed terminals connected to conductors of flexible printed circuit board e.g. Crimping terminals Excluding those penetrating the flexible printed circuit board H01R 12/67,H01R 12/68.

Coupling devices
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Connection of printed circuit boards by connectors in a demountable manner.

Coupling devices for PCB's, flat or ribbon cables or like structures

Special rules of classification within this group

When the identification of the subject of connection for the connector is not clear in the patent specification or drawings, classification is given in this subgroup too.

In the following classification, it should be noted that the subdivision is effected depending on the counterpart of the connection and on the subject of mounting of that connector which is one party having a character for classification.

[N: Guiding, mounting, polarizing or locking means; Extractors (for printed circuit boards H05K)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Guiding, mounting, polarizing or locking means; Extractors for printed circuit boards
[N: involving non-elastic deformation, e.g. plastic deformation, melting]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Press fitting
[N: for connection between PCB and component, e.g. display (plugging components in general H05K 7/10)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Plugging components in general
for rigid printing circuits or like structures
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Coupling device of which the subject of connection for the connector is rigid printed circuit board and that are not covered by H01R 12/72- H01R 12/75.

[N: co-operating with the surface of the printed circuit or with a coupling device exclusively provided on the surface of the printed circuit]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Coupling with the edge of the rigid printed circuits or like structures
[N: Coupling device provided on the PCB]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 12/716

[N: Contact members provided on the PCB without an insulating housing (contacts for abutting H01R 12/714)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Contacts for abutting
coupling with the edge of the rigid printed circuits or like structures
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Coupling device of which the subject of connection for the connector is provided at the edge of, or nearby place to the edge of, rigid printed circuit board, and the subject of mounting is either not rigid printed circuit board or unidentifiable.

connecting to other rigid printed circuits or like structures
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Coupling device of which the subject of connection for the connector is rigid printed circuit board, and the subject of mounting of the connector is also rigid printed circuit board.

WO96/11513A

[N: Printed circuits being in the same plane]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 12/732

[N: Printed circuits being substantially perpendicular to each other (for printed connections H05K 3/366 takes precedence)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
For printed connections
connecting to cables except for flat or ribbon cables
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Coupling device of which the subject of connection for the connector is cables, and the subject of mounting is rigid printed circuit board.

for flexible printed circuits, flat or ribbon cables or like structures
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Coupling device of which the subject of connection for the connector is flexible printed circuit board, and that are not covered by H01R 12/78- H01R 12/81.

[N: Retainers]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 12/774

[N: Ground or shield arrangements (in general H01R 13/658)]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 12/774

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Ground or shield arrangements in general
[N: Coupling parts carrying pins, blades or analogous contacts]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Connecting to other flexible printed circuits, flat or ribbon cables or like structures
Connecting to rigid printed circuits or like structures
[N: Coupling parts carrying sockets, clips or analogous counter-contacts]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Connecting to other flexible printed circuits, flat or ribbon cables or like structures
Connecting to rigid printed circuits or like structures
connecting to other flexible printed circuits, flat or ribbon cables or like structures
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Coupling device of which the subject of connection for the connector is flexible printed circuit board, and the subject of mounting is also flexible printed circuit board.

connecting to rigid printed circuits or like structures
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Coupling device of which the subject of connection for the connector is flexible printed circuit board, and the subject of mounting is rigid printed circuit board.

connecting to another cable except for flat or ribbon cable
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Coupling device of which the subject of connection for the connector is cables, and the subject of mounting is flexible printed circuit board.

connected with low or zero insertion force
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

A connector performing the connection by zero insertion force or low insertion force

Coupling device which has the order of insertion for instance or cannot be classified in H01R 12/83- H01R 12/89.

connected with pivoting of printed circuits or like after insertion
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Coupling device that is activated by pivoting motion after insertion of the subject of connection.

contact pressure producing means, contacts activated after insertion of printed circuits or like structures
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Coupling device that is activated by applying certain force on the contact by certain means, its using actuator or screw, etc. that is not classified in H01R 12/87- H01R 12/89.

acting automatically by insertion of rigid printed or like structures
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Coupling device that can perform the connection of zero insertion force or low insertion force with only insertion of the subject of connection and without any other operation.

acting manually by rotating or pivoting connector housing parts
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Coupling device that can perform the connection of zero insertion force or low insertion force connection by activating pivoting member installed within the housing. If it is automatically functioning by the insertion of the subject of connection, it is classified in H01R 12/87.

acting manually by moving connector housing parts linearly e.g. slider
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Coupling device that can perform the connection of zero insertion force or low insertion force connection by activating linear motion member installed within the housing. If it is automatically functioning by the insertion of the subject of connection, it is classified in H01R 12/87.

allowing relative movement between coupling parts e.g. floating or self aligning (for coupling devices not specially adapted for printed circuits, flat or ribbon cables, or like generally planar structures, H01R 13/6315 takes precedence)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Coupling device of which connection is performed through automatic adjustment of the position between connectors to be connected.

US5306169A

US2009/0239422A1

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
For coupling devices not specially adapted for printed circuits, flat or ribbon cables, or like generally planar structures,
Details of coupling devices of the kinds covered by groups H01R 12/70 or H01R 24/00-H01R 33/00 [N: (electro-optical connectors G02B 6/24)]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Details of contacts for coupling devices

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Electro-optical connectors
Contact members
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Contact members, pins, blades, sockets

Resilient pins or blades (carrying separate resilient parts H01R 13/15)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Carrying separate resilient parts
Resilient sockets (carrying separate resilient parts H01R 13/15)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Carrying separate resilient parts
Pins, blades or sockets having separate spring member for producing or increasing contact pressure
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/15

with spring member on the pin
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/17

with the spring member surrounding the socket
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/18

with spring member in the socket
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/187

Means for increasing contact pressure at the end of engagement of coupling part, [N: e.g. zero insertion force or no friction (combined with printed circuit boards H01R 23/6813)]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/193

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Means for increasing contact pressure at the end of engagement of coupling part combined with printed circuit boards
Pins, blades, or sockets shaped, or provided with separate member, to retain co-operating parts together
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/20

by screw-in connection
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/207

by bayonet connection
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/213

Contacts for co-operating by abutting
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/22

resilient; resiliently-mounted
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/24

[N: using meander springs]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/2428

:

[N: with opposite contact points, e.g. C beam]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/2435

[N: with a single cantilevered beam]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/2442

[N: by stamped-out resilient contact arm]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/245

[N: consisting of at least two resilient arms contacting the same counterpart]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/2457

[N: characterized by the contact point]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/2464

[N: pin shaped]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/2471

1

[N: spherical]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/2478

[N: for contacting a ball]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/2485

[N: multiple contact points]
Definition Statement

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/2492

Pin or blade contacts for sliding co-operation on one side only [N: (for modular jack type connectors H01R 24/62 )]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/26

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Pin or blade contacts for sliding co-operation for modular jack type connectors
Contacts for sliding cooperation with identically-shaped contact, e.g. for hermaphroditic coupling devices [N: (H01R 24/84 takes precedence)]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/28

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Hermaphroditic coupling devices
Contact members made of resilient wire
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/33

for non-simultaneous co-operation with different types of contact member, e.g. socket co-operation with either round or flat pin]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Coupling parts adapted for co-operation with two or more dissimilar counterparts
Securing contact members in or to a base or case; Insulating of contact members
Securing in non-demountable manner, e.g. moulding, riveting
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/405

by frictional grip in grommet, panel or base
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/41

by permanent deformation of contact member
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/415

Securing in a demountable manner
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/42

Securing in resilient one-piece base or case, [N: e.g. by friction]; One-piece base or case formed with resilient locking means
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/422

[N: comprising integral flexible contact retaining fingers]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/4223

Securing in base or case composed of a plurality of insulating parts having at least one resilient insulating part
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/424

Securing by a separate resilient retaining piece supported by base or case, e.g. collar [N: or metal contact-retention clip]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/426

by resilient locking means on the contact members; by locking means on resilient contact members
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/428

by stamped-out resilient tongue snapping behind shoulder in base or case
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/432

by separate resilient locking means on contact member, e.g. retainer collar or ring around contact member
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/434

[N: comprising a temporary and a final locking position]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/4362

Means for preventing access to live contacts [N: (making use of a switch actuated by engagement of counterpart H01R 13/7036)]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Bases;Cases; Security means

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Making use of a switch actuated by engagement of counterpart
Dummy Plugs
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/443

Shutter or cover plate
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/447

[N: Laterally sliding shutter]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/4534

[N: Identification means, e.g. labels, tags, markings]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Means facilitating correct wiring, e.g. marking plates, identification tags
Marking plates or tabs
formed as an integral body
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/50

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Bases or cases composed as a modular blocks or assembly
[N: comprising an integral hinge or a frangible part]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/501

composed of different pieces
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Bases or cases composed as a modular blocks or assembly
[N: one or more pieces being of resilient material]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/5025

different pieces being moulded, cemented, welded, e.g. ultrasonic, or swaged together
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/504

assembled by snap action of the parts
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/506

assembled by [N: a separate] clip or spring
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/508

assembled by screw or screws
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/512

composed as a modular blocks or assembly, i.e. composed of co-operating parts provided with contact members or holding contact members between them
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/514

Means for holding or embracing insulating body, e.g. casing, [N: hoods]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/516

for holding or embracing several coupling parts, e.g. frames
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/518

[N: Sealing means between cable and housing, e.g. grommet]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Sealing means between coupling parts having cable sealing means
[N: having at least two cable receiving openings]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/5208

for use under water
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/523

Flameproof cases (H01R 13/70 takes precedence)
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/527

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Structural association with built-in electrical component with built-in switch
Bases or cases for heavy duty; Bases or cases [N: for high voltage] with means for preventing corona or arcing
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/53

Bases, cases made for use in extreme conditions, e.g. high temperature, radiation, vibration, corrosive environment, pressure
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/533

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Dustproof, splashproof, drip-proof, waterproof, or flameproof cases
[N: Bending-relieving]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/562

Means for relieving strain on wire connection, e.g. cord grip, [N: for avoiding loosening of connections between wires and terminals within a coupling device terminating a cable (for flat or ribbon cables H01R 12/771; for distribution boxes H02G 3/0616)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Means for avoiding loosening of connections between wires and terminals within a coupling device terminating a cable for flat or ribbon cables
For distribution boxes
[N: comprising a separate cable clamping part]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/5804

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Means for relieving strain on wire connection, allowing different orientations of the cable with respect to the coupling direction
[N: formed by a metallic element crimped around the cable]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/5808

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Crimping for cylindrical elongated bodies comprising a U-shaped wire-receiving portion
[N: the cable clamping being achieved by mounting the separate part on the housing of the coupling device]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/5812

[N: for cables passing through an aperture in a housing wall, the separate part being captured between cable and contour of aperture (in general H01B 17/586)]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
In general
[N: the cable being clamped between assembled parts of the housing]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/582

[N: the means comprising additional parts captured between housing parts and cable]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/5825

[N: the clamping part being flexibly or hingedly connected to the housing]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/5829

[N: the cable being forced in a tortuous or curved path, e.g. knots in cable]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/5833

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Means for relieving strain on wire connection, the cable being clamped between assembled parts of the housing
[N: specially adapted for accommodating various sized cables]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/5837

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Means for relieving strain on wire connection, the cable being clamped between assembled parts of the housing, the means comprising additional parts captured between housing parts and cable
[N: allowing different orientations of the cable with respect to the coupling direction]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

[N: the strain relief being achieved by molding parts around cable and connections]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/5845

Grip increasing with strain force
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/585

Threaded ferrule or bolt operating in a direction parallel to the cable or wire
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/59

Means for supporting coupling part when not engaged
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/60

Means for facilitating engagement or disengagement of coupling parts or for holding them in engagement
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Means provided on coupling devices and specially designed for facilitating engagement or disengagement of coupling parts or for holding them in engagement.

[N: using one or more bolts]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/6215

Screw-ring or screw-casing (H01R 13/623 takes precedence)
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/622

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Casing or ring with helicoidal groove
Casing or ring with helicoidal groove
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/623

Casing or ring with bayonet engagement
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/625

[N: Latching means integral with the housing]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Casing or ring with helicoidal groove
Snap or like fastening comprising one or more balls engaging in a hole or a groove
Snap or like fastening comprising a pin snapping into a recess
[N: Latching arms not integral with the housing (H01R 13/6276, H01R 13/6277, H01R 13/6278 take precedence)]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/6275

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Casing or ring with helicoidal groove
Snap or like fastening comprising one or more balls engaging in a hole or a groove
Snap or like fastening comprising a pin snapping into a recess
[N: comprising one or more balls engaging in a hole or a groove]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/6276

Additional means for facilitating engagement or disengagement of coupling parts, e.g. aligning or guiding means, levers, gas pressure [N: electrical locking indicators, manufacturing tolerances (separate tools or apparatus H01R 43/26)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Separate tools or apparatus
[N: comprising a camming member]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Comprising exclusively pivoting lever
Means for preventing incorrect coupling by indicating incorrect coupling; by indicating correct or full engagement
[N: Pivoting lever comprising own camming means]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/62938

[N: Pivoting levers actuating linearly camming means]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/62977

[N: allowing relative movement between coupling parts, e.g. floating connection (for coupling devices specially adapted for printed circuits, flat or ribbon cables, or like generally planar structures, H01R 12/91 takes precedence)]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/6315

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
For coupling devices specially adapted for printed circuits, flat or ribbon cables, or like generally planar structures
for disengagement only [N: (in combination with safety switch H01R 13/713 statement B)]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/633

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
In combination with safety switch
[N: comprising a handle]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/6335

by mechanical pressure, e.g. spring force
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/635

by fluid pressure, e.g. explosion
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/637

Additional means for holding or locking coupling parts together, after engagement, [N: e.g. separate keylock, retainer strap]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/639

[N: for wall or panel outlets]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/6395

Means for preventing incorrect coupling
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Specially adapted for: Bases; Cases; Security means

by indicating incorrect coupling; by indicating correct or full engagement
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/641

by position or shape of contact members
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/642

[N: comprising pin-shaped elements, capable of being orientated in different angular positions around their own longitudinal axes, e.g. pins with hexagonal base]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/6453

Specially adapted for high-frequency, e.g. structures providing an impedance match or phase match (non-coaxed protective earth or shield arrangements H01R 13/648 -H01R 13/6599; coaxed connectors specifically adapted for high frequency H01R 24/40- H01R 24/56)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Coupling devices specially adapted for high-frequency;

Protection, grouding, shielding arrangements.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Coupling devices having concentrically or coaxially-arranged contacts
using twisted pairs of wires
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/6463

by cross-over of signal conductors
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/6467

by variation of conductive properties, e.g. by dimension variations
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/6474

Protective earth or shield arrangements on coupling devices (coaxially arranged shields H01R 24/38) [N: e.g. anti-static shielding]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Coaxially arranged shields
[N: Electrostatic discharge protection (in general H05F 1/00, for electric apparatus H05K 9/0067)]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/6485

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Electrostatic discharge protection in genera
For electric apparatu
with earth pin, blade or socket
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/652

with earth brace
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/655

High frequency shielding arrangements, e.g. against EMI [Electro-Magnetic Interference] or EMP [Electro-Magnetic Pulse] [N: (coaxial coupling devices specially adapted for high frequency H01R 24/40; for flat or ribbon cable connectors H01R 12/774; for coaxial cable H01R 9/05)]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/648 comprising a conductive means for preventing or reducing (a) detrimental effects induced within a connector or contact due to capacitive or inductive coupling with electric or magnetic fields generated from a source outside of the connector or contact, (b) induced electrical interference or signal loss due to capacitive or inductive coupling between mutually insulated contacts within a plural-contact connector, (i.e. reducing cross-talk), or (c) undesirable loss of electrical information or signal due to electrical radiation of signal from connector or contact.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Coaxial coupling devices specially adapted for high frequency
For flat or ribbon cable connectors
For coaxial cable
Shield structure
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/658 comprising details of the shape or construction of a shield.

with resilient means for engaging mating connector
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/6581

comprising shielding arrangements including

a resilient means on one connector for engaging a mating connector.

with separate conductive resilient members between mating shield members
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/6582 including

additional resilient means for electrically connecting

the shields of two mating connectors.

(Examples:

formed by conductive elastomeric members, e.g. flat gaskets or O-rings
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/6583 wherein

the separate resilient means comprises a

conductive material having elastic properties.

Examples:

Shielding material individually surrounding or interposed between mutually spaced contacts
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/6581 comprising conductive material either (a) formed around but spaced apart from at least a portion of at least one contact, so that the contact is inductively shielded from one or more other contacts, or (b) interposed between two or more contacts, so that the contacts are inductively shielded from one another. Examples:

for separating multiple connector modules
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/6585 wherein the shielding material separates two or more assemblies of plural contacts.

for mounting on PCBs
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/6586 wherein the shield has means to facilitate mounting on a printed circuit board.

with through openings for individual contacts
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/6585 wherein the shield has apertures corresponding to individual contacts.

(Example: US 4070084)

with wires separated by conductive housing parts
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/6585 wherein the shield includes a conductive wall portion that separates enclosed wires. Examples:

with plural ports for distinct connectors
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/6581 wherein the shield encloses two or more connectors. Examples:

Specific features or arrangements of connection of shield to conductive members
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/658 including specific features of a connection between the conductive shield and a conductive member of the connector or another component.

the conductive member being a shielded cable
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/6591 wherein the connection is to an external conductive sheath of an electric cable.

the shield being composed of different pieces
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/6592 wherein the shield is comprised of assembled parts.

the shield being mounted on a PCB and connected to conductive members
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/6591 wherein the shield is mounted on a printed circuit board and is electrically connected to a conductor on the circuit board.

with separate members fixing the shield to the PCB
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/6594 wherein the shield is attached to the printed circuit board by a separate element or member. Examples:

the conductive member being a metal grounding panel
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/6591 including specific features of a connection between the conductive shield and an electrically grounded metal panel. Examples:

the conductive member being a contact of the connector
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/6591 including specific features of a connection between the conductive shield and a contact of the connector. Examples:

Shield material
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/658 comprising the composition or properties of the shielding material.

Dielectric material made conductive, e.g. plastic material coated with metal
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/6598 comprising a dielectric material having conductive additives or coatings. Example:

Structural association with built-in electrical component (Coupling devices having concentrically or coaxially-arranged contacts H01R 24/38- H01R 24/56)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/00 comprising details of the structural relationship of a coupling device other than a non-coaxial connector and an electrical component housed within the device.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Coupling devices having concentrically or coaxially-arranged contacts
[N: with built-in single component]
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This subclass/group does not cover:
Structural association with built-in fuse
Structural association with built-in switch
[N: with inductive component, e.g. transformer]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/6633

[N: with diode (with LED H01R 13/7175)]
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This subclass/group does not cover:
[N: with built-in electronic circuit]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Structural association with built-in switch
Structural association with built-in component specially adapted for high frequency
[N: on printed circuit board (H01R 13/6666 to H01R 13/6691 take precedence)]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/6658

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Structural association with built-in overvoltage protection
Structural association with built-in signalling means
[N: with built-in signalling means (H01R 13/717 takes precedence)]
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This subclass/group does not cover:
Built
in light source
with built-in fuse
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/66 wherein the built-in electrical component is a fusible circuit breaker.

the fuse being removable
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/68 wherein the built-in fuse is removable from the coupling device.

with housing part adapted for accessing the fuse
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/684 wherein the coupling device includes an opening or a removable or repositionable portion which permits access to the built-in removable fuse.

Turnable housing part
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/688 wherein the housing part is rotatable, e.g. threadably connected or hinged, to permit access to the built-in removable fuse.

the fuse being integral with the terminal, e.g. pin or socket
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/68 wherein the built-in fuse is irremovably attached to a contact of the coupling device.

with built-in switch
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/70

operated by engagement or disengagement of coupling parts, [N: e.g. dual-continuity coupling part]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Contact members of coupling parts operating as switch
[N: the terminals being in direct electric contact separated by double sided connecting element (for printed circuit boards H01R 12/7094 )]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/7034

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Terminals being in direct electric contact separated by double sided connecting element for printed circuit board
Contact members of coupling parts operating as switch, [N: e.g. linear or rotational movement required after mechanical engagement of coupling part to establish electrical connection]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/71

[N: with ground fault protector]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/7135

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Safety switches having ejecting mechanisms
[N: with thermal interrupter (H01R 13/7132 takes precedence)]
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This subclass/group does not cover:
Safety switches having ejecting mechanisms
with built-in light source
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/66 wherein in the built-in electrical component is an electric light source.

[N: Light emitting diodes (LEDs)]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/7175

specially adapted for high frequency, e.g. with filters
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/66 comprising coupling devices having built-in electrical components or other features which adapt for use with high frequency alternating currents or voltages.

Synonyms and Keywords

In patent documents the word " filter" is often usedwith the meaning "noise-reducing member".

with ferrite filters
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/719 wherein the built-in electrical component is a ferrite filter.

with planar filters with openings for contacts
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/719 wherein the built-in electrical component consists of a flat, i.e. essentially two-dimensional, filter circuit device, e.g. a PCB with a filter fixed thereon, with apertures to permit engagement of mating contacts.

(Examples: US 4729752; US 6183300)

with filters integral with or fitted onto contacts, e.g. tubular filters
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Subject matter under group H01R 13/719 wherein the built-in electrical component consists of a filter integral with, or fitted onto, at least one connector contact.

(Example: US 6431916)

Means for accomodating flexible lead within the holder
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/72

Means for mounting coupling parts to apparatus or structures, e.g. to a wall
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/73

[N: integral with the housing]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/743

[N: separate from the housing]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 13/745

[N: using one or more screws]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Means for mounting coupling parts in openings of a panel using a screw ring
Two-part coupling devices having a single pole, with or without additional protective earth connection (with a holder adapted for supporting apparatus to which its counterpart is attached H01R 33/02; [N: for sparking plugs H01T 13/04])
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This subclass/group does not cover:
With a holder adapted for supporting apparatus to which its counterpart is attached
For sparking plugs
[N: IPC6] Two-part coupling devices having two poles, with or without additional protective earth connection; Separate parts thereof (H01R19/00 takes precedence; with a holder adapted for supporting apparatus to which its counterpart is attached H01R 33/00)
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This subclass/group does not cover:
With a holder adapted for supporting apparatus to which its counterpart is attached
[N: comprising impedance matching means or electrical components, e.g. filters, switches (impedance matching, filters per se H03H)]
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Impedance matching, filters per se
[N: comprising impedance matching means]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Impedance matching switches
H01R17/12H4
[N: IPC6] Two-part coupling devices having two poles, with or without additional protective earth connection, and with two current-carrying pins, blades, or analogous contacts, having their axes parallel to each other and slidingly co-operating with separate sockets, clips, or analogous counter-contacts; Separate parts thereof (with a holder adapted for supporting apparatus to which its counterpart is attached H01R 33/05)
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This subclass/group does not cover:
With a holder adapted for supporting apparatus to which its counterpart is attached
[N: IPC6] Coupling parts carrying two sockets, clips, or analogous counter-contacts and secured two apparatus or structure, e.g. wall[N: (for holding coupling parts togetherH01R 13/6395)]
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This subclass/group does not cover:
For holding coupling parts together
[N: IPC6] Two-part coupling devices having three poles, with or without additional protective earth connection, e.g. for three-phase circuits; Separate parts thereof (with a holder adapted for supporting apparatus to which its counterpart is attached H01R 33/72)
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This subclass/group does not cover:
With a holder adapted for supporting apparatus to which its counterpart is attached
[N: IPC6] having the contacts of each coupling part arranged in line parallel with the direction of coupling-engaging motion, e.g. telephone-jack type [N: (for two poles H01R17/18)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
For two poles
H01R17/18
[N: comprising means for reducing cross-talk, e.g. special layout of conductors between input and output pins (by shielding of neighboring signal paths H01R 13/65807, H01R 23/688; twisted pair cables H01B 11/02; in line transmission systems H04B 3/32; ground circuit layout on printed circuit boards H05K 9/0039)]
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This subclass/group does not cover:
By shielding of neighboring signal paths
Twisted pair cables
In line transmission systems
Ground circuit layout on printed circuit boards
[N: IPC6] Hermaphroditic coupling devices [N: (hermaphroditic contact members H01R 13/28)]
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This subclass/group does not cover:
Hermaphroditic contact members
[N: Earth or shield arrangements (in general H01R 13/648)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Earth or shield arrangements in general
[N: Coupling parts carrying pins, blades or analogous contacts]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Two-part coupling devices for connection of flat or ribbon cables between each other
Two-part coupling devices for connection of flat or ribbon cables to a printed circuit board
[N: Coupling parts carrying sockets, clips or analogous countercontacts]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Two-part coupling devices for connection of flat or ribbon cables between each other
Two-part coupling devices for connection of flat or ribbon cables to a printed circuit board
[N: IPC6] for connection to or between printed circuits; [N: Non printed connecting arrangements of printed circuit boards (PCB's) (H01R 23/668 takes precedence)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Two-part coupling devices for connection of flat or ribbon cables to a printed circuit board
[N: for connection between PCB and component, e.g. display (plugging components in general H05K 7/10)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Plugging components in general
[N: acting linearly]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Contact pressure producing means activated after insertion of PCB, acting automatically by insertion of PCB
Contact pressure producing means activated after insertion of PCB, fluid activated
Contact pressure producing means activated after insertion of PCB, activated by shape memory material
[N: acting by rotation or by pivoting]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Contact pressure producing means activated after insertion of PCB, acting automatically by insertion of PCB
Contact pressure producing means activated after insertion of PCB, fluid activated
Contact pressure producing means activated after insertion of PCB, activated by shape memory material
[N: Connectors for contacting one or more arrays of pins or sockets mounted on a PCB (counterparts presenting such arrays H01R 23/7073)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Counterparts presenting such arrays
[N: IPC6] co-operating with the edge of the printed circuit or with a counterpart provided on the edge of the printed circuit [N: Counterparts therefor; Special features of the edge of the board]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Two-part coupling devices with low or zero insertion force
[N: Guiding, mounting, polarizing or locking means; Extractors (for printed circuit boards H05K)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Printed circuit boards
[N: involving non-elastic deformation, e.g. plastic deformation, melting (H01R 23/7057 takes precedence)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Press fitting
[N: IPC6] co-operating with the surface of the printed circuit or with a counterpart provided on the surface of the printed circuit
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Two-part coupling devices with low or zero insertion force
Co-operating with the edge of the printed circuit or with a counterpart provided on the edge of the printed circuit
[N: Contact members provided on the PCB without an insulating housing (contacts for abutting H01R 23/722)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Contacts for abutting
Two-part coupling devices, or either of their cooperating parts, characterised by their overall structure (specially adapted for printed circuits, flat or ribbon cables, or like structures H01R 12/00; specially adapted for supporting apparatus H01R 33/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

This main group covers:

Coupling devices attached to cables or attached to structures

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Contact members
Securing contact members in or to a base or case; Insulating of contact members
Bases; Cases
Means for supporting coupling part when not engaged
Means for facilitating engagement or disengagement of coupling parts or for holding them in engagement
Means for preventing, inhibiting or avoiding incorrect coupling
Special adaptation for high-frequency, e.g. structures providing an impedance match or phase match
Protective earth or shield arrangements on coupling devices
Structural association with built-in electrical component
Coupling devices in which a holder is adapted for supporting apparatus to which its counterpart is attached; Separate parts thereof
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
One pole
H01R101/00
Two poles
H01R103/00
Three poles
H01R105/00
Four or more poles
H01R107/00
Special rules of classification within this group

An Indexing Code of the groups H01R101/00- H01R107/00 is preferably given to each document classified in this group and the sub-groups.

Coupling parts carrying sockets, clips or analogous contacts and secured only to wire or cable
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The subject matter under H01R 24/20 comprises cooperating parts having cavities with conducting properties extending into a support structure. At least one of the cavities is connected to an elongated electrical conductor attached to the support structure.

with additional earth or shield contacts
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The subject matter under H01R 24/22 comprises cooperating parts having cavities with conducting properties extending into a support structure. At least one of the cavities is connected to an elongated electrical conductor attached to the support structure, whereby the support structure comprises a grounding structure.

Coupling parts carrying pins, blades or analogous contacts and secured only to wire or cable
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The subject matter under H01R 24/28 comprises cooperating parts having protruding members with conducting properties extending from a support.

At least one of the protruding members is connected to an elongated electrical conductor.

with additional earth or shield contacts
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The subject matter under H01R 24/30 comprises cooperating parts having protruding members with conducting properties extending from a support structure and connected to an elongated electrical conductor, whereby one conductor is grounded.

having concentrically or coaxially arranged contacts
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The subject matter under H01R 24/38 comprises cooperating parts having a center contact and cylindrical contacts concentrically disposed thereabout.

specially adapted for high frequency
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The subject matter under H01R 24/40 comprises cooperating parts having a center contact and cylindrical contacts concentrically disposed thereabout and adapted for signals used for radio transmission.

DE19528552

comprising impedance matching means or electrical components, e.g. filters or switches
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The subject matter under H01R 24/42 comprises cooperating parts for radio transmission having a center contact and cylindrical contacts concentrically disposed thereabout and at least one component, except components covered by H01R 24/46 or H01R 24/48.

comprising impedance matching means
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The subject matter under H01R 24/44 comprises cooperating parts for radio transmission having a center contact and cylindrical contacts concentrically disposed thereabout and means for setting the output impedance of a signal source equal to the input impedance of the load to which it is ultimately connected, usually in order to maximize the power transfer and minimize reflections from the load.

comprising switches
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The subject matter under H01R 24/46 comprises cooperating parts for radio transmission having a center contact and a cylindrical contact concentrically disposed thereabout and means for interrupting, shorting or bypassing signals carried by the center contact.

comprising protection devices, e.g. overvoltage protection
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The subject matter under H01R 24/48 comprises cooperating parts for radio transmission having a center contact and a cylindrical contact concentrically disposed thereabout and means for reducing voltages above its upper design limit (e.g. transient voltages or voltage spikes).

mounted on a PCB [Printed Circuit Board]
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The subject matter under H01R 24/50 comprises cooperating parts for radio transmission having a center contact and a cylindrical contact concentrically disposed thereabout, and adapted for mounting on a substrate providing electrically conductive paths.

US6140977

mounted in or to a panel or structure
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The subject matter under H01R 24/52 comprises cooperating parts for radio transmission having a center contact and a cylindrical contact concentrically disposed thereabout and adapted for mounting on a support except a printed circuit board as in H01R 24/50.

Intermediate parts, e.g. adapters, splitters or elbows
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The subject matter under H01R 24/54 comprises cooperating parts for radio transmission having a center contact and a cylindrical contact concentrically disposed thereabout and specially adapted as coupling part between two or more counterparts, characterized by the relationship of the counterparts, e.g. different kinds of counterparts, right angle relationship between counterparts, one counterpart connected to a plurality of counterparts.

specially adapted to a specific shape of cables, e.g. corrugated cables, twisted pair cables, cables with two screens or hollow cables
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The subject matter under H01R 24/56 comprises a plurality of cooperating parts for radio transmission having a center contact and a cylindrical contact concentrically disposed thereabout, being adapted to connect elongated conductors having a center conductor and a shielding layer with special features.

Contacts spaced along longitudinal axis of engagement
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The subject matter under H01R 24/58 comprises coupling parts with contacts disposed serially along a line parallel to the longitudinal axis along which the coupling part engages its mating coupling part.

Contacts spaced along planar side wall transverse to longitudinal axis of engagement
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The subject matter under H01R 24/60 comprises coupling parts with contacts disposed serially along a line orthogonal to the longitudinal axis along which the coupling part engages its mating coupling part.

US2007178734

Sliding engagements with one side only, e.g. modular jack coupling devices
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The subject matter under H01R 24/62 comprises coupling parts with contacts disposed serially along a surface orthogonal to the longitudinal axis along which the coupling part engages, its mating coupling part being accessible only on one side.

for high frequency, e.g. RJ 45
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The subject matter under H01R 24/64 comprises coupling parts with contacts disposed serially along a surface orthogonal to the longitudinal axis along which the coupling part engages its mating coupling part, the coupling part has special features for high speed transmissions.

with pins, blades or analogous contacts and secured to apparatus or structure, e.g. to a wall
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The subject matter under H01R 24/66 comprises cooperating parts having protruding members with conducting properties extending from a support attached to a wall of an apparatus or structure.

mounted on directly pluggable apparatus
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The subject matter under H01R 24/68 comprises cooperating parts having protruding members with conducting properties extending from a portable device.

with additional earth or shield contacts
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The subject matter under H01R 24/70 comprises cooperating parts having protruding members with conducting properties extending from a support, one of the protrusions on the portable device having grounding means.

with sockets, clips or analogous contacts and secured to apparatus or structure, e.g. to a wall
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The subject matter under H01R 24/76 comprises cooperating parts having recesses with conducting properties extending into a support attached to a wall of an apparatus or structure.

with additional earth or shield contacts
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The subject matter under H01R 24/78 comprises cooperating parts having recesses with conducting properties extending into a support attached to a wall of an apparatus or structure, one of the recesses having grounding means.

Hermaphroditic coupling devices
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The subject matter under H01R 24/84 comprises cooperating parts which are identical in configuration in the interfitting portions thereof.

Parallel contacts arranged about a common axis
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

The subject matter under H01R 24/86 comprises cooperating parts with electrically mating conductors extending in the same direction about the longitudinal axis along which the cooperating part engages its mating coupling part.

Coupling parts adapted for simultaneous co-operation with two or more identical counterparts, e.g. for distributing energy to two or more circuits (supported only by co-operation with a counterpart H01R 31/00; with a holder adapted for supporting apparatus to which its counterpart is attached H01R 33/88)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Coupling parts for multiple or alternative co-operation withidentical counterparts

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Supported only by co-operation with a counterpart
With a holder adapted for supporting apparatus to which its counterpart is attached
[N: the coupling part being secured only to wires or cables]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 25/003

[N: the coupling part being secured to apparatus or structure, e.g. duplex wall receptacle]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 25/006

Rails or bus-bars constructed so that the counterparts can be connected thereto at any point along their length, [N: e.g. track lighting systems] (installation of bus bars H02G 5/00)
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 25/14

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Installation of bus bars
[N: Their counterparts]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 25/142

[N: Details, e.g. end pieces or joints (H01R 25/147 takes precedence)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Low voltage devices
Rails or bus-bars provided with a plurality of discrete connecting locations for counterparts ([N: protective tubings or conduits H02G 3/00; installations of bus-bars H02G 5/00)
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Protective tubings or conduits
Installation of bus bars
[N: Details]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 25/161

[N: Electrical connections between or with rails or bus-bars (rails having primarily a non electrical function H01R 4/64)]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 25/162

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Rails having primarily a non electrical function
Coupling parts adapted for co-operation with two or more dissimilar counterparts ([N: for dissimilar contact members H01R 13/35]; supported only by co-operation with a counterpart H01R 31/00; with a holder adapted for supporting apparatus to which its counterpart is attached H01R 33/90)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Coupling parts for multiple or alternative co-operation with non-identical counterparts

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
For dissimilar contact members
Supported only by co-operation with a counterpart
With a holder adapted for supporting apparatus to which its counterpart is attached
for simultaneous co-operation with two or more [N: dissimilar] counterparts
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 27/02

Coupling parts for selective co-operation with a counterpart in different ways to establish different circuits, e.g. for voltage selection, for series-parallel selection, [N: programmable connectors]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 29/00

e.g.: Programmable plugs/sockets;

Plug/socket comprising a fixed wiring pattern insertable in a counterpart.

Coupling parts supported only by co-operation with counterpart
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Linking part forming an intermediate coupling mean between the two parts of coupling devices.

Intermediate parts for distributing energy to two or more circuits in parallel, e.g. splitter (for linking coupling parts that cannot co-operated H01R 31/06; with a holder adapted for supporting apparatus to which its counterpart is attached H01R 33/92)
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 31/02

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
For linking coupling parts that cannot co-operated
With a holder adapted for supporting apparatus to which its counterpart is attached
Intermediate parts for linking two coupling parts, e.g. adapter (with a holder adapted for supporting apparatus to which its counterpart is attached H01R 33/94)
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 31/06

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
With a holder adapted for supporting apparatus to which its counterpart is attached
[N: with built-in electric apparatus]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 31/065

Short circuiting members for bridging contacts in a counterpart (insulating members for separating contacts in a counterpart H01H 27/04)
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 31/08

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Insulating members for separating contacts in a counterpart
[N: Short circuiting bus-strips]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 31/085

Coupling devices in which a holder is adapted for supporting apparatus to which its counterpart is attached; Separate parts thereof (structural association of counterpart with specific apparatus, see the relevant subclass for the apparatus)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Coupling devices specially adapted for supporting, holding and electrically connecting with an apparatus.

for supporting tubular fluorescent lamp
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/08

[N: integral with starter holding structure (H01R 33/065 for starters only)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
For starters only
for baseless lamp bulb
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/09

having only abutting contacts
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/18

having concentrically or coaxially arranged contacts
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/20

for screw type base, e.g. for lamp
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/22

for bayonet type base
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/46

Three-pole devices
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/72

Devices having four or more poles, [N: e.g. holders for compact fluorescent lamps]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/74

[N: the wires being connected using screw, clamp, wrap or spring connection]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/7621

[N: the terminals being collectively connected, e.g. to a PCB]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/7635

[N: for supporting a tubular fluorescent lamp (for two-pole devices H01R 33/06)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
For two-pole devices
adapted for simultaneous co-operation with two or more identical counterparts
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/88

adapted for co-operation with two or more dissimilar counterparts
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/90

Holders formed as intermediate parts for distributing energy in parallel through two or more counterparts at least one of which is attached to apparatus to be held
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/92

Holders formed as intermediate parts for linking a counter-part to a coupling part
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/94

[N: for tubular fluorescent lamps]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/942

Holders with built-in electrical component
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/945

[N: for screw type coupling devices]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/9453

[N: for bayonet type coupling devices]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/9456

with fuse; with thermal switch

Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/95

[N: for screw type coupling devices]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/9555

[N: for screw type coupling devices]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/962

Dustproof, splashproof, drip-proof, waterproof, or flameproof holders
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/965

[N: for tubular fluorescent lamps]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/9658

Holders with separate means to prevent loosening of the coupling or unauthorized removal of apparatus held
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/97

[N: for screw type coupling devices]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/971

Holders with resilient means for protecting apparatus against vibrations or shocks
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/975

[N: for bayonet type coupling devices]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 33/9756

Flexible or turnable line connectors, [N: i.e. the rotation angle being limited] (rotary current collectors, distributors H01R 39/00; [N: arrangement of these connectors in vehicle steering wheels B60R 16/027; arrangements of electric cables or lines between relatively movable parts H02G 11/00])
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Rotary coupling devices allowing limited motion between themoving and the stationary parts.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Rotary current collectors, distributors
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Arrangement of these connectors in vehicle steering wheels
Arrangements of electric cables or lines between relatively movable parts
Flexible line connectors [N: without frictional contact members]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 35/02

[N: having a flexible conductor wound around a rotation axis]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 35/025

Turnable line connectors with limited rotation angle [N: with frictional contact members]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 35/04

Rotary current collectors, distributors, or interrupters (cam-operated switches H01H 19/00; structural association with dynamo-electric machine H02K 13/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Turnable connectors with unlimited rotation angle.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Cam-operated switches
Structural association with dynamo-electric machine
Details [N: for dynamo electric machines (for current collectors not particulary for dynamo electric machines H01R 39/60, H01R 39/64)]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
For current collectors not particulary for dynamo electric machines
[N: Conductive materials]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 39/025

Commutators (wherein the segments are formed by extensions of dynamo-electric machine winding H02K)
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 39/04

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Commutators wherein the segments are formed by extensions of dynamo-electric machine winding
[N: the commutators being made of carbon]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 39/045

other than with external cylindrical contact surface, e.g. flat commutators
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 39/06

Slip-rings
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 39/08

Fastenings of commutators or slip-rings to shafts
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 39/14

by means of moulded or cast material applied during or after assembly
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 39/16

Laminated contacts; Wire contacts, e.g. metallic brush, carbon fibres
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 39/24

Solid sliding contacts, e.g. carbon brush
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 39/26

Auxiliary means for improving current transfer, or for recuding or preventing sparking or arcing
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 39/46

Devices for lubricating or polishing slip-rings or commutators during operation of the collector
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 39/56

Means structurally associated with the current collector for indicating condition thereof, e.g. for indicating brush wear
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 39/58

Means structurally associated with the brushes for interrupting current
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 39/59

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Means structurally associated with the current collector for indicating condition thereof
Devices for interrupted current collection, e.g. commutating device, distributor, interrupter (self-interrupters H01H, e.g. H01H 51/34)
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 39/60

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Self-interrupters
with more than one brush co-operating with the same set of segments
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 39/62

Devices for uninterrupted current collection
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 39/64

[N: through ball or roller bearing]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 39/643

Non-rotary current collectors for maintaining contact between moving and stationary parts of an electric circuit (end pieces terminating in a hook or the like H01R 11/12; current collectors for power supply lines of electrically-propelled vehicles B60L 5/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Non-rotary current collectors allowing limited or unlimited movement between moving and stationary parts.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
End pieces terminating in a hook or the like
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Current collectors for power supply lines of electrically-propelled vehicles
Devices for interrupted current collection, e.g. distributor (electrically-operated selector switches H01H 67/00)
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 41/02

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Electrically-operated selector switches
Apparatus or processes specially adapted for manufacturing, assembling, maintaining, or repairing of line connectors or current connectors or for joining electric conductors (of trolley lines B60M 1/28; joining cables H02G 1/14)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Apparatus or processes for manufacturing, assembling, maintaining, or repairing of electrical connectors, electrical connecting parts, electrical coupling devices ...

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Joining electric conductors of trolley lines
Joining cables
for connecting unstripped conductors to contact members having insulation cutting edges
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/01

[N: Handtools]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/015

for soldered or welded connections (soldering or welding in general B23K)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Soldering or welding in general
For assembling or mounting of electrical components, other than wires or connectors, on printed circuits see
[N: Ultrasonic-, H.F.-, cold- or impact welding]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/0207

[N: Resistance welding]
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Apparatus or processes specially adapted for soldered or welded connections without preliminary removing of insulation before soldering or welding
[N: Laser welding]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/0221

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Apparatus or processes specially adapted for soldered or welded connections without preliminary removing of insulation before soldering or welding
[N: for applying solder]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/0235

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Apparatus or processes specially adapted for soldered or welded connections without preliminary removing of insulation before soldering or welding
[N: for soldering or welding connectors to a printed circuit board]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/0256

for connecting conductors by clips
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/027

[N: by using explosive force]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/0275

for wrapping or unwrapping wire connections
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/033

[N: for unwraping]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/0335

for forming connections by deformation, e.g. crimping tool
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

This group covers all kind of apparatus, processes, methods specially adapted for forming electrical connections by deformation.

[N: with more than two radially actuated mandrels]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/0424

[N: with mandrels actuated in axial direction to the wire]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/0425

with contact member feeding mechanism
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/045

Crimping apparatus or processes
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

All kind of apparatus, processes, methods specially adapted for forming electrical connections by crimping.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Hand tools for crimping
[N: with crimp height adjusting means]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/0488

with wire-insulation stripping
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/05

with wire-feeding mechanism
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/052

with contact member feeding mechanism
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/055

Crimping mandrels
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/058

[N: for crimping apparatus with more than two radially actuated mandrels]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/0585

Manufacture of commutators
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/06

in which segments are not separated until after assembly
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/08

Manufacture of slip-rings
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/10

Manufacture of brushes
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/12

Maintenance of current collectors, e.g. reshaping of brushes, cleaning of commutators
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/14

for manufacturing contact members, e.g. by punching and by bending
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/16

for manufacturing bases or cases for contact members
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/18

for assembling or disassembling contact members with insulating base, case or sleeve
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/20

[N: with a panel or printed circuit board]
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/205

Hand tools
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/22

Assembling by moulding on contact members
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/24

for engaging or disengaging the two parts of a coupling device (structural association with two-part coupling device H01R 13/629)
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/26

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Structural association with two-part coupling device
for wire processing before connecting to contact members
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R 43/28

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Apparatus or processes specially adapted for soldered or welded connections
Apparatus or processes specially adapted for connecting conductors by clips
Apparatus or processes specially adapted for wrapping or unwrapping wire connections
Apparatus or processes specially adapted for forming connections by deformation
Manufacture of commutators
Manufacture of slip-rings
Manufacture of brushes
Maintenance of current collectors
Apparatus or processes specially adapted for manufacturing contact members
Apparatus or processes specially adapted for manufacturing bases or cases for contact members
Apparatus or processes specially adapted for assembling or disassembling contact members with insulating base, case or sleeve
Apparatus or processes specially adapted for engaging or disengaging the two parts of a coupling device
One pole
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R101/00

Two poles
Definition Statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R103/00

Three poles
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R105/00

Four or more poles
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Illustrative example of subject matter classified in H01R107/00

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