Cooperative Patent Classification

CPC Definition - Subclass G06M

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COUNTING MECHANISMS; COUNTING OF OBJECTS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (counting by measuring volume or weight of articles to be counted G01F, G01G; computers G06C - G06J; counting electric pulses H03K; counting characters, words or messages in switching networks for transmission of digital information H04L 12/08)
Definition statement

This place covers:

Stepping or continuously-moving mechanical counters operated through one or more inputs applied to the lowest order mechanically or electrically.

Counting systems involving applications of either mechanical, electrical, or electronic counters.

Limiting references

This place does not cover:

Sorting, grading, counting or marking live aquatic animals

Counting in machine for making cigarettes

Table equipment for counting of consumptions

Counting of pills

Score-keepers and score display devices

Counting in machines for shaping metal without removing material

Counting of sheets in platen presses

Counting in printing machines or presses

Counting in office copying machines

Counting of axles of rail vehicles

Counting in packaging machines

Counting of objects carriers conveyed pneumatically through a pipe or tube

Locks with counting devices

Counting by weighing

Adaptation of counters to electricity meters in electromechanical arrangements for measuring time integral of electric power or current

Counting of radioactive particles

Counting of photographic exposures

Watches with counting devices


Counting issued tickets

Entry or exit registers

Counting of votes

Counting coins

Counting of vehicles on a road or parking space

Teaching of counting

Counting electric pulses

Counting electronically

Counting characters, words, or messages in switching networks for transmission of digital information

Informative references

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

Inhalers incorporating mechanisms for counting actuations


Tariff metering apparatus

Indicating or recording devices in volume flow meters

Special rules of classification

Subject-matter classified in G06M 7/00, G06M 9/00, and G06M 11/00 should also be classified in the relevant sub-group of G06M 1/08 if the means detecting the objects counted are of particular relevance.

Counting of objects carried by a conveyor
Definition statement

This place covers:

Counting of randomly distributed loose objects moving past a counting station, like in chute conveyors.

Counting of objects distributed at random, e.g. on a surface
Definition statement

This place covers:

Counting of objects in a static distribution.