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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/US2017/058182 65017417PC02
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
25 October 2017 31 October 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.
6. Drawings
The figure of the drawings to be published with the abstract is Figure No.     1    
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.


     C12Q 1/02 (2006.01)i; G01N 33/50 (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):
Documentation searched other than minimum documentation to the extent that such documents are included in the fields searched:
Korean utility models and applications for utility modelsJapanese utility models and applications for utility models
Electronic data base consulted during the international search (name of data base and, where practicable, search terms used):
eKOMPASS(KIPO internal) & Keywords: archiving, microbiome, preserving, lyophilization, packaging, reconstitution


Category* Citation of document, with indication, where appropriate, of the relevant passages Relevant to claim No.
BARZEGARI, A. et al., ‘Shrinkage of the human core microbiome and a proposal for launching microbiome biobanks’ Future Microbiology, 2014, Vol. 9, No. 5, pp. 639-656 See abstract; pages 647-650
WO 2010-023290 A2 (CHR. HANSEN A/S) 04 March 2010 See abstract; page 1; and examples 1-3
US 5908646 A (MAYRA-MAKINEN, A. et al.) 01 June 1999 See abstract; columns 2-4; and examples 1-2.
US 2014-0038269 A1 (IKEDA, M. et al.) 06 February 2014 See the whole document.
US 2015-0037285 A1 (NEW YORK UNIVERSITY) 05 February 2015 See the whole document.
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
WO 2010-023290 A2
04 March 2010
CN 102105065 A
EP 2328421 A2
JP 2012-500644 A
JP 5753085 B2
KR 10-1664288 B1
KR 10-2011-0069796 A
US 2011-0200709 A1
US 8628763 B2
WO 2010-023290 A3
22 June 2011
08 June 2011
12 January 2012
22 July 2015
11 October 2016
23 June 2011
18 August 2011
14 January 2014
06 January 2011
US 5908646 A
01 June 1999
EP 0698348 A1
EP 0698348 B1
28 February 1996
12 January 2000
US 2014-0038269 A1
06 February 2014
AU 2012-243770 A1
AU 2012-243770 B2
CN 103403141 A
CN 103403141 B
EP 2698428 A1
JP 5997692 B2
KR 10-2014-0005999 A
WO 2012-141244 A1
24 October 2013
23 June 2016
20 November 2013
23 March 2016
19 February 2014
28 September 2016
15 January 2014
18 October 2012
US 2015-0037285 A1
05 February 2015
Name and mailing address of the ISA/:
Korean Intellectual Property Office
189 Cheongsa-ro, Seo-gu, Daejeon Metropolitan City, 302-701
Republic of Korea
Facsimile No. +82-42-481-8578
Date of the actual completion of the international search:
29 December 2017
Date of mailing of the international search report:
29 December 2017
Authorized officer:
Telephone No. +82-42-481-3516
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