Cooperative Patent Classification

CPC Definition - Subclass F16S

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CONSTRUCTIONAL ELEMENTS IN GENERAL; STRUCTURES BUILT-UP FROM SUCH ELEMENTS, IN GENERAL
Definition statement

This place covers:

Sheets, panels, or other members of similar proportions, without an application covered by any other class; Constructions comprising assemblies of such members, without an application covered by any other class

References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Layered products

Railway vehicles

Motor vehicles

Ships or other waterborne vessels

Aircrafts; Cosmonautics

Structural elements for building construction, e.g. beams, columns, panels for buildings

Frames for doors, windows or the like

Devices for fastening or securing general constructional elements or machine parts together

Special rules of classification

F16S is almost never used for classification.

The documents should be classified in the field(s) of application, even if the claims are drafted in a general way.

Almost all documents contain an indication of the field(s) of application in the description. Rarely this is not the case but the name of the applicant, e.g. a well-known automobile or aeronautical constructor, will suggest a field of application to which the document should be circulated.

F16S is used in the very exceptionally case when it is absolutely impossible to infer from the document the field(s) of application and the nature of the object.

Sheets, panels, or other members of similar proportions; Constructions comprising assemblies of such members (built-up gratings F16S 3/00; layered products B32B)
Definition statement

This place covers:

Sheets, panels, or other members of similar proportions, without an application covered by any other class; Constructions comprising assemblies of such members, without an application covered by any other class

References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Built-up gratings

Layered products

Special rules of classification

F16S 1/00 is almost never used for classification, see F16S.

Elongated members, e.g. profiled members; Assemblies thereof; Gratings or grilles (gratings or grilles formed from a sheet or the like F16S 1/00, F16S 1/08; frames for doors, windows or the like E06B 1/00, E06B 3/00)
Definition statement

This place covers:

Elongated members, e.g. profiled members, without an application covered by any other class; Assemblies thereof, without an application covered by any other class; Gratings or grilles, without an application covered by any other class

References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Gratings or grilles formed from a sheet or the like

Frames for doors, windows or the like

Special rules of classification

F16S 3/00 is almost never used for classification, see F16S.

other constructional members not restricted to an application fully provided for in a single class
Definition statement

This place covers:

Other constructional members, without an application covered by any other class and not being either a sheet, a panel, an elongated member or a grating

Special rules of classification

F16S 5/00 is almost never used for classification, see F16S.

The documents should be classified in the fields of application, even if there are several fields of application.