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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/NL2017/050563 P32868PC00/I
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
28 August 2017 30 August 2016
FOR FURTHER ACTION: See Form PCT/ISA/220 as well as, where applicable, item 5 below.
This international search report has been prepared by this International Searching Authority and is transmitted to the applicant according to Article 18. A copy is being transmitted to the International Bureau.
It is also accompanied by a copy of each prior art document cited in this report.
1. Basis of the report
a. With regard to the language, the international search was carried out on the basis of:
the international application in the language in which it was filed.
a translation of the international application into                                          which is the language of a translation furnished for the purposes of international search (Rules 12.3(a) and 23.1(b)).
This international search report has been established taking into account the rectification of an obvious mistake authorized by or notified to this Authority under Rule 91 (Rule 43.6bis(a)).
With regard to any nucleotide and/or amino acid sequence disclosed in the international application, the international search was carried out on the basis of a sequence listing:
2. Certain claims were found unsearchable
3. Unity of invention is lacking
4. Title of the invention
The text is approved as submitted by the applicant.
The text has been established by this Authority to read as follows:
5. Abstract
The text is approved as submitted by the applicant.
The text has been established, according to Rule 38.2, by this Authority as it appears in Box No. IV. The applicant may, within one month from the date of mailing of this international search report, submit comments to this Authority.

The invention relates to a marine pipelaying friction clamp device (10; 20) for frictionally retaining an offshore subsea pipeline (30) to be launched into the sea. The clamp device comprises a frame (1; 21) which comprises a main frame structure (2; 22) that is adapted to be supported by the pipelaying vessel. The frame supports multiple annular arrays (3; 23) of clamping units (4) adapted to simultaneously engage separate portions of the pipeline. According to the invention the frame further comprises one or more mobile subframes (11; 31) for one or more of said annular arrays of clamping units. Each of said one or more mobile subframes (11) is movably supported by the main frame structure (2) so as to be mobile relative to said main frame structure in said longitudinal direction of the clamp device, and each of said one or more mobile subframes (11) is supported by a spring assembly (12; 32).

6. Drawings
The figure of the drawings to be published with the abstract is Figure No.     1a    
as suggested by the applicant.
as selected by this Authority, because the applicant failed to suggest a figure.
as selected by this Authority, because this figure better characterizes the invention.
none of the figures is to be published with the abstract.


     F16L 1/23 (2006.01)i
According to International Patent Classification (IPC) or to both national classification and IPC


Minimum documentation searched (classification system followed by classification symbols):
     F16L; E21B
Documentation searched other than minimum documentation to the extent that such documents are included in the fields searched:
Electronic data base consulted during the international search (name of data base and, where practicable, search terms used):


Category* Citation of document, with indication, where appropriate, of the relevant passages Relevant to claim No.
US 2012177443 A1 (BAYLOT MICHEL [IT] ET AL) 12 July 2012 (2012-07-12)
abstract; figures
paragraphs [0048] - [0054]
paragraphs [0062], [0063]
paragraphs [0075] - [0078]
US 6729803 B1 (BAYLOT MICHEL [FR]) 04 May 2004 (2004-05-04)
abstract; figures
column 5, line 53 - column 6, line 15; figures 3,4
US 2010034592 A1 (ROODENBURG JOOP [NL] ET AL) 11 February 2010 (2010-02-11)
abstract; figures
paragraphs [0033], [0034]; figures 5a,b
Special categories of cited documents:
document defining the general state of the art which is not considered to be of particular relevance
earlier application or patent but published on or after the international filing date
document which may throw doubts on priority claim(s) or which is cited to establish the publication date of another citation or other special reason (as specified)
document referring to an oral disclosure, use, exhibition or other means
document published prior to the international filing date but later than the priority date claimed
later document published after the international filing date or priority date and not in conflict with the application but cited to understand the principle or theory underlying the invention
document of particular relevance; the claimed invention cannot be considered novel or cannot be considered to involve an inventive step when the document is taken alone
document of particular relevance; the claimed invention cannot be considered to involve an inventive step when the document is combined with one or more other such documents, such combination being obvious to a person skilled in the art
document member of the same patent family


Patent document cited in search report Publication date
Patent family member(s) Publication date
US 2012177443 A1
12 July 2012
AU 2009321265 A1
BR PI0916467 A2
EG 27108 A
EP 2362847 A1
ES 2426869 T3
RU 2011126291 A
US 2012177443 A1
WO 2010061280 A1
21 July 2011
26 July 2016
16 June 2015
07 September 2011
25 October 2013
10 January 2013
12 July 2012
03 June 2010
US 6729803 B1
04 May 2004
AT 288044 T
AU 1528401 A
BR 0015525 A
DE 60017777 D1
EP 1228330 A1
FR 2801088 A1
US 6729803 B1
WO 0135011 A1
15 February 2005
06 June 2001
15 October 2002
03 March 2005
07 August 2002
18 May 2001
04 May 2004
17 May 2001
US 2010034592 A1
11 February 2010
BR PI0621811 A2
CN 101484739 A
EP 2038572 A1
US 2010034592 A1
WO 2008007945 A1
20 December 2011
15 July 2009
25 March 2009
11 February 2010
17 January 2008
Name and mailing address of the ISA/:
European Patent Office
P.B. 5818, Patentlaan 2, 2280 HV Rijswijk,
Telephone No. (+31-70)340-2040
Facsimile No. (+31-70)340-3016
Date of the actual completion of the international search:
08 November 2017
Date of mailing of the international search report:
22 November 2017
Authorized officer:
Untermann, Nils
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