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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/DK2019/050423 P23809PCDK
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
20 December 2019 28 December 2018
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.

A horizontal plate freezer (1) for freezing articles inside said horizontal freezer during a freezing process comprising: a plurality of freezer plates (2) forming a stack of freezer plates, where said plurality of freezer plates are arranged substantially horizontal, defining a distance between the freezer plates, where in use articles to be frozen are arranged on one or more freezer plates, where said stack of freezer plates are arranged between a top frame (3) and a bottom frame (4), where said top frame is arranged at a horizontal level above the stack of freezer plates, and said bottom frame is arranged at a horizontal level underneath the stack of freezer plates, at least one intervention unit (8) with at least one engaging device (10), where the engaging device is arranged moveable in a longitudinal direction along said intervention unit(s), whereby the engaging device is lifted and lowered along said stack of freezer plates, at least one displacement device (6) comprising a first end positioned above a topmost freezer plate and a second end connected to said bottom frame.

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.


     F25D 31/00 (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:
Electronic data base consulted during the international search (name of data base and, where practicable, search terms used):
EPO-Internal, WPI Data


Category* Citation of document, with indication, where appropriate, of the relevant passages Relevant to claim No.
DE 4411484 A1 (KUEHLAUTOMAT BERLIN GMBH KAB [DE]) 05 October 1995 (1995-10-05)
abstract; figures 1, 2
column 3, line 26 - column 4, line 2
US 4558572 A (AOKI SHIGETADA [JP] ET AL) 17 December 1985 (1985-12-17)
abstract; figures 1-11
GB 2207990 A (SAMIFI STAL SPA) 15 February 1989 (1989-02-15)
abstract; figures 1,7-11
Special categories of cited documents:
document defining the general state of the art which is not considered to be of particular relevance
document cited by the applicant in the international application
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
DE 4411484 A1
05 October 1995
US 4558572 A
17 December 1985
DK 219584 A
JP H0345309 B2
JP S59202378 A
NO 161994 B
SE 457910 B
US 4558572 A
05 November 1984
10 July 1991
16 November 1984
10 July 1989
06 February 1989
17 December 1985
GB 2207990 A
15 February 1989
AU 598389 B2
DE 3825687 A1
DK 424788 A
FR 2618887 A1
GB 2207990 A
IT 1226765 B
JP H01132361 A
NO 169306 B
US 4907421 A
21 June 1990
09 February 1989
01 February 1989
03 February 1989
15 February 1989
06 February 1991
24 May 1989
24 February 1992
13 March 1990
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:
03 March 2020
Date of mailing of the international search report:
18 March 2020
Authorized officer:
Yousufi, Stefanie
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