Cooperative Patent Classification


CPC Definition - Subclass F25C

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PRODUCING, WORKING OR HANDLING ICE
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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

Informative references

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

Concentrating solutions by removing frozen solvents

Purification of water by freezing

Refrigeration machines, plants, or systems

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

Solidification of gases or gaseous mixtures

Freeze-drying

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.

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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

Informative references

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

Production of ice slurries

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.

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Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Producing ice by immersing freezing chambers or plates into water

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
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Informative references

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

Metering volume in general

for refrigerators, e.g. freezing trays
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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

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
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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

Simulating ice or snow

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

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

for ice rinks
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Informative references

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

Shape of rinks

Construction of rinks

for sledging or ski trails; Producing artificial snow
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Informative references

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

Special arrangements or features of snow making

Shape of rinks

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

Simulating ice or snow

Construction of rinks

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)
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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

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

Production of slush ice

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

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

Devices using ice, e.g. ice-boxes

with freezing trays
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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

with ice level sensing means
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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

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

{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