CPC Definition - Subclass F25C

Last Updated Version: 2018.02
PRODUCING, WORKING OR HANDLING ICE
References
Application-oriented references

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

Frozen sweets, including ice-cream, their production

A23G 9/00

Informative references

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

Concentrating solutions by removing frozen solvents

B01D 9/04

Purification of water by freezing

C02F 1/22

Refrigeration machines, plants, or systems

F25B

Refrigerators; cold rooms; ice-boxes; cooling or freezing apparatus

F25D

Solidification of gases or gaseous mixtures

F25J

Freeze-drying

F26B

Special rules of classification

Control means for production, working, storing or distribution of ice are classified in F25C 2600/00.

Sensors for production, working, storing or distribution of ice are classified in F25C 2700/00.

Glossary of terms

In this place, the following terms or expressions are used with the meaning indicated:

Ice

Any frozen liquid and also covers frozen semi-liquids or pasty substances

Producing ice (F25C 3/00 takes precedence)
Definition statement

This place covers:

Freezers for pelletizing/granulating liquids.

Production of ice slurries.

References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Methods or apparatus specially adapted for producing ice or snow for winter sports or similar recreational purposes, e.g. for sporting installations; Producing artificial snow

F25C 3/00

Informative references

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

Production of ice slurries

F25C 2301/002

open or openable at both ends
Definition statement

This place covers:

Production of bar-ice.

by using rotating or otherwise moving moulds (F25C 1/08 takes precedence)
Definition statement

This place covers:

Rotating or otherwise moving moulds during freezing of water.

References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Producing ice by immersing freezing chambers or plates into water

F25C 1/08

Special rules of classification

Rotating during harvesting of ice is classified in F25C 5/02 or lower and F25C 2305/022.

Construction of moulds; Filling devices for moulds
References
Informative references

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

Metering volume in general

G01F

for refrigerators, e.g. freezing trays
References
Application-oriented references

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

Ice bins combined with freezing trays

F25C 5/185

Processes or apparatus specially adapted for producing ice or snow for winter sports or similar recreational purposes, e.g. for sporting installations; Producing artificial snow
References
Informative references

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

Spraying apparatus for discharge of liquids or other fluent materials from two or more sources

B05B 7/00

Simulating ice or snow

C09K 3/24

Foundations or pavings for artificial surfaces for outdoor or indoor practice of snow or ice sports

E01C 13/10

Working on surfaces of snow or ice in order to make them suitable for traffic or sporting purposes

E01H 4/00

for ice rinks
References
Informative references

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

Shape of rinks

A63C 19/10

Construction of rinks

E01C

for sledging or ski trails; Producing artificial snow
References
Informative references

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

Special arrangements or features of snow making

F25C 2303/00

Shape of rinks

A63C 19/10

Spraying apparatus for discharge of liquids or other fluent materials from two or more sources

B05B 7/00

Simulating ice or snow

C09K 3/24

Construction of rinks

E01C 13/10

Special rules of classification

Different methods/devices for snow making are classified in F25C 2303/00 and lower.

Working or handling ice (F25C 3/00 takes precedence)
References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Methods or apparatus specially adapted for the production of ice or snow for winter sports or similar recreational purposes, e.g. for sporting installations; Production of artificial snow

F25C 3/00

Apparatus for disintegrating, removing or harvesting ice
Special rules of classification

Combinations of ice-crusher and ice-shaving machine in one embodiment are classified in F25C 5/02 and in F25C 5/046 and F25C 5/12.

{Tools, e.g. ice picks, ice crushers, ice shavers}
Glossary of terms

In this place, the following terms or expressions are used with the meaning indicated:

Tools

hand tools

{Ice-crusher machines}
Definition statement

This place covers:

Also grinding.

Ice-shaving machines
Definition statement

This place covers:

Flake ice and chip ice.

References
Informative references

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

Production of ice by using augers

F25C 1/147

Production of slush ice

A23G 9/045

Synonyms and Keywords

In patent documents, the following words/expressions are often used as synonyms:

  • "Flake ice" and "Chip ice"
Storing ice
References
Informative references

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

Cooling bags for medical or therapeutic treatment of the human body, e.g. ice-bags

A61F 7/10

Containers, packaging elements or packages specially adapted for ice-cream

B65D 85/78

Devices using ice, e.g. ice-boxes

F25D 3/02

with freezing trays
References
Informative references

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

Construction of moulds for refrigerators, e.g. freezing trays

F25C 1/24

with ice level sensing means
References
Informative references

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

Indicating or measuring liquid level, or level of fluent solid material

G01F 23/00

Level control, e.g. controlling quantity of material stored in vessel

G05D 9/00

{particularly adapted for household refrigerators}
Special rules of classification

When emphasis is put on water dispenser classify in F25D 23/126 and F25C 2400/10.

{for storing bins (ice bins F25C 5/182)}
References
Limiting references

This place does not cover:

ice bins

F25C 5/182