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1. WO2018132000 - REEL LAY SYSTEM, REEL DRIVE SYSTEM AND REEL, AND METHODS OF USE


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INTERNATIONAL SEARCH REPORT (ISR)
Part 1:  1  2  3  4  5  6          Part 2:  A  B  C  D  E 
International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/NL2018/050014 P33014PC00/I
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
09 January 2018 16 January 2017
Applicant
ITREC B V
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)).
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)).
c.
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
This International Searching Authority found multiple inventions in this international application, as follows:
1. claims: 1-4
Reel lay system and method for spooling and unspooling pipeline and A&R cable
2. claims: 5-21
Reel drive system and methods of use of such a reel drive system
3. claims: 22-34
Modular reel and method of converting such a modular reel
1.
As all required additional search fees were timely paid by the applicant, this international search report covers all searchable claims.
2.
As all searchable claims could be searched without effort justifying additional fees, this Authority did not invite payment of additional fees.
3.
As only some of the required additional search fees were timely paid by the applicant, this international search report covers only those claims for which fees were paid, specifically claims Nos.: 1-21
4.
No required additional search fees were timely paid by the applicant. Consequently, this international search report is restricted to the invention first mentioned in the claims; it is covered by claims Nos.:
Remark on Protest
The additional search fees were accompanied by the applicant’s protest and, where applicable, the payment of a protest fee.
The additional search fees were accompanied by the applicant’s protest but the applicable protest fee was not paid within the time limit specified in the invitation.
No protest accompanied the payment of additional search fees.
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 present invention relates to a reel lay system comprising in combination a vertical reel (20) having a horizontal rotation axis (R), and a reel drive system (1). A length of A&R cable and a length of pipeline (23) are stored on the reel (20), and the reel drive system (1) is configured to unspool and spool the A&R cable and the pipeline from the reel (20).


6. Drawings
a.
The figure of the drawings to be published with the abstract is Figure No.     8a    
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.
b.
none of the figures is to be published with the abstract.

A. CLASSIFICATION OF SUBJECT MATTER

     B65H 75/42 (2006.01)i; B65H 67/02 (2006.01)i; B65H 54/28 (2006.01)i; B63B 35/03 (2006.01)i; B65H 49/32 (2006.01)i; B65H 75/14 (2006.01)i; B65H 75/22 (2006.01)i; F16L 1/20 (2006.01)i
According to International Patent Classification (IPC) or to both national classification and IPC

B. FIELDS SEARCHED

Minimum documentation searched (classification system followed by classification symbols):
     B65H; B63B; F16L
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):
EPO-Internal, WPI Data

C. DOCUMENTS CONSIDERED TO BE RELEVANT

Category* Citation of document, with indication, where appropriate, of the relevant passages Relevant to claim No.
(1)
A
GB 2199632 A (SANTA FE INT CORP) 13 July 1988 (1988-07-13)
1,4
page 18, lines 10-20; figures
(2)
Y
GB 2046207 A (COFLEXIP) 12 November 1980 (1980-11-12)
6,13
A
page 2, lines 42-92
3
page 3, lines 1-61,69-77; figures
(3)
A
US 4961671 A (RECALDE CARLOS E [US]) 09 October 1990 (1990-10-09)
2
column 9, lines 49-58; figures 1, 2
(4)
A
US 2003091395 A1 (STOCKSTILL LYLE [US]) 15 May 2003 (2003-05-15)
1,4
paragraph [0128]; figure 12
(5)
A
GB 2517756 A (POLARCUS DMCC [AE]) 04 March 2015 (2015-03-04)
1,2,4
page 1, line 15 - page 2, line 15; figure 5
(6)
X
WO 2011105894 A1 (ITREC BV [NL]; ROODENBURG JOOP [NL]; VEHMEIJER TERENCE WILLEM AUGUST [) 01 September 2011 (2011-09-01)
5,7-12,14,15,17,18,21
Y
page 3, lines 29-35
6,13
A
page 6, line 35 - page 7, line 6
16,19,20
page 9, lines 24-30
page 12, line 24 - page 13, line 21
page 22, line 34 - page 23, line 6
page 25, line 28 - page 29, line 5; figures 29,30
(7)
A
WO 2009077711 A1 (SAIPEM UK LTD [GB]; LYNGBERG KIM [GB]; MCEWANS JENNY [GB]) 25 June 2009 (2009-06-25)
1-21
page 3, lines 18-32; figures
(8)
A
WO 2012091556 A1 (ITREC BV [NL]; ROODENBURG JOOP [NL]; NOUWENS RONNY LAMBERTUS WALTHERUS) 05 July 2012 (2012-07-05)
1-21
page 5, lines 1-4; figures 20,21
*
Special categories of cited documents:
"A"
document defining the general state of the art which is not considered to be of particular relevance
"D"
document cited by the applicant in the international application
"E"
earlier application or patent but published on or after the international filing date
"L"
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)
"O"
document referring to an oral disclosure, use, exhibition or other means
"P"
document published prior to the international filing date but later than the priority date claimed
"T"
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
"X"
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
"Y"
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

D. INFORMATION ON PATENT FAMILY MEMBERS

Patent document cited in search report Publication date
(day/month/year)
Patent family member(s) Publication date
(day/month/year)
GB 2199632 A
13 July 1988
AU 569991 B2
AU 593444 B2
AU 594575 B2
AU 594879 B2
BR 8504114 A
CA 1251053 A1
DK 398585 A
ES 8705322 A1
ES 8708044 A1
GB 2163827 A
GB 2199631 A
GB 2199632 A
NL 8501990 A
NO 853415 A
US 4687376 A
25 February 1988
08 February 1990
08 March 1990
15 March 1990
17 June 1986
14 March 1989
01 March 1986
01 May 1987
01 September 1987
05 March 1986
13 July 1988
13 July 1988
17 March 1986
03 March 1986
18 August 1987
GB 2046207 A
12 November 1980
BR 8002063 A
FR 2453098 A1
GB 2046207 A
NO 800982 A
US 4284249 A
25 November 1980
31 October 1980
12 November 1980
07 October 1980
18 August 1981
US 4961671 A
09 October 1990
NONE
US 2003091395 A1
15 May 2003
AU 2003205302 A1
BR 0301999 A2
CA 2432806 A1
GB 2390659 A
MX PA03008701 A
US 2003091395 A1
US 2005036842 A1
US 2006188341 A1
WO 03087652 A2
27 October 2003
28 April 2009
08 October 2003
14 January 2004
30 July 2004
15 May 2003
17 February 2005
24 August 2006
23 October 2003
GB 2517756 A
04 March 2015
GB 2517756 A
US 2016209535 A1
WO 2015028802 A1
04 March 2015
21 July 2016
05 March 2015
WO 2011105894 A1
01 September 2011
CN 102781771 A
CN 103822020 A
EP 2539223 A1
EP 2754608 A1
KR 20130010459 A
KR 20160007676 A
NL 2005025 C
SG 183396 A1
US 2013051920 A1
US 2014147213 A1
WO 2011105894 A1
14 November 2012
28 May 2014
02 January 2013
16 July 2014
28 January 2013
20 January 2016
29 August 2011
27 September 2012
28 February 2013
29 May 2014
01 September 2011
WO 2009077711 A1
25 June 2009
AU 2008337324 A1
BR PI0821191 A2
EP 2235414 A1
US 2012020739 A1
WO 2009077711 A1
25 June 2009
16 June 2015
06 October 2010
26 January 2012
25 June 2009
WO 2012091556 A1
05 July 2012
EP 2659173 A1
US 2013287498 A1
WO 2012091556 A1
06 November 2013
31 October 2013
05 July 2012
Name and mailing address of the ISA/:
European Patent Office
P.B. 5818, Patentlaan 2, 2280 HV Rijswijk,
Netherlands
Telephone No. (+31-70)340-2040
Facsimile No. (+31-70)340-3016
Date of the actual completion of the international search:
16 May 2018
Date of mailing of the international search report:
29 May 2018
Authorized officer:
Lemmen, René
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