Category Archives: Engineering Library

Current news and announcements pertaining to Engineering Library.

USPTO and EPO Work toward Joint Patent Classification System

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) have agreed to work toward the formation of a joint patent classification system. The jointly developed classification system will be more detailed than the IPC to improve patent searching.

More details about this milestone achievement in global standardisation are available at this press release*; including this joint statement by the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, Mr. David Kappos, and the President of the EPO, Mr. Benoît Battistelli: “In view of the significant benefit to stakeholders of developing a transparent and harmonized approach to a global classification system for patent documents; in order to make the search process more effective; and in the belief that cooperation between their two offices will facilitate progress in undertaking classification harmonization projects under the IP5 Common Hybrid Classification initiative, the USPTO and the EPO have agreed together to work toward the formation of a partnership to explore the development of a joint classification system based on the European Classification system (ECLA) that will incorporate the best classification practices of the two offices. This system would be aligned with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) classification standards and the International Patent Classification (IPC) structure. Accordingly, they have initiated discussions on governance and operational aspects of such a partnership.

The IP5 partner offices will be continually apprised of progress at appropriate IP5 forums. Stakeholders will receive regular updates on the substance and progress of classification partnership discussions between the two offices.”

*Press release available at USPTO website at

Oceanography library goes digital

Approximately 100,000 volumes from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library, the world’s largest oceanography library, have been digitized and are being made publically accessible as part of a partnership between Google, the University of California and the UC San Diego Libraries.According to Peter Brueggeman, director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library, the materials digitized include books, journals and scientific expedition reports.


Some publications that may be of of interest to local students/researchers:

  • -Naga Report – Reports on the scientific results of marine investigations in the South China Sea and the Gulf of Thailand from 1959 through 1961.
  • -Some 2006+ SIO dissertations are available for open access in the Scripps eScholarship Repository 

New current periodicals shelves

current periodical shelf 01    current periodical shelf 02 
 (i) Looking down from Level 3, the main entrance level   (ii) With the Learning Commons in the background

Not sure if you have noticed a change at Level 2. Yes, we have relocated the current periodicals, featuring the Science & Engineering titles, to a new area (formerly the clock tower).  Previously the current periodicals were located  in box files. They are now prominently displayed in new shelves with the periodical covers clearly visible. Ottomans have also been added in between and also next to the shelves to enable you read or browse the periodicals in comfort. We are constantly looking at improving the library space to enhance your learning experience when at our libraries. Above is one example and more improvements are expected in the coming months. Look out for this space to know what they are!