April 05 , 2007 Japan Patent Office Project: D135 Subclass: A47J JP Comments We welcome the EP Rapporteur’s report and initial proposal for this subclass. JP would like to submit the following comments and proposals. 1. “Definition statement” section We would propose that “Rice cookers” be indicated in the listing after “Domestic cooking implements, e.g.” There have been a lot of applications for rice cookers in Japan. Although the classification is currently being given in A47J 27/00 (Cooking-vessels), the rice cooker is a cooking apparatus with specific procedures and is quite peculiar among from cooking-vessels. 2. “Relationship between large subject matter areas” section 1) In the third paragraph discussing “stoves or ranges”, the depicted “general places, such as F24B, F24D” must be corrected to F24B, F24C. 2) At the end of the same paragraph, it is written as “Microwave ovens are classified in H05B 6/64.” We believe that this sentence should be amended as “Microwave ovens are classified in F24C 7/02 and/or H05B 6/64.” It is quite possible that this subject is classified in not only in H05B 6/64, but also in F24C 7/02 (Stoves or ranges heated by electric energy, using microwaves) 3. “References relevant to classification in this subclass” section 1) In the first three items in the “This subclass does not cover” listing, the words “dairies” and “slabs” are misprinted as “diaries” and “slaps” respectively. 2) We would propose to replace the eleventh item in the same listing, “Domestic washing or cleaning A47L”, with a more detailed listing as follows. Washing or rinsing machines for crockery or table-ware A47L 15/00 Apparatus or implements used in manual washing or A47L 17/00 cleaning of crockery, table-ware, cooking-ware or the like Drying devices for crockery or table-ware, e.g. tea-cloths A47L 19/00 Polishing of table-ware, e.g. knives, forks, spoons A47L 21/00 If A47L is listed in the whole, the scope of coverage is too large to include subjects totally unrelated to A47J. It would be better to make it clearer that the subject here is the washing, etc of table-ware or the like. 3) At the end of the same listing, we propose to add; F24C 7/02 Microwave ovens H05B 6/64 so that we can clearly indicate the place for microwave ovens. 4) At the last end of the same listing, we propose to add; Induction heating hobs H05B 6/12 so that we can clearly indicate the place for IH cooking apparatus, of which patent application is in the trend of increase. 4. “Informative references” section We are desirous that; Provers, i.e. apparatus permitting dough to rise A21C 13/00 be added because there is a relevant note in our FI scheme. 5. “Glossary of terms” section 1) The definition of “Pressure cooking” should be amended as; Pressure cooking Cooking at a pressure higher than that of the atmosphere “cooking at a pressure higher than that of the atmosphere.” The term “under pressure” might possibly be interpreted as “in a haste”. 2) “Grilling” and “roasting” should be integrated into one line as; grilling Food radiated with heat (=broiling, roasting) We do not believe that “grilling” and “roasting” are something to be distinguished in terns of “one side” or “at least two sides.” We would not feel it necessary to make such a distinction either.