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1. WO2016148746 - TUNABLE MULTI-BAND SPECTRO-POLARIMETER


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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/US2015/062129 R2057-7085WO(14-56
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
23 November 2015 16 March 2015
Applicant
RAYTHEON COMPANY
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: 1-18
Imaging spectropolarimeter using two tunable spectral filters and a plurality of polarization filters for each spectral filter. Imaging spectropolarimeter using two spectral filters and a plurality of polarization filters for each spectral filter, and performing simultaneous detection and polarization differencing.
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.:
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.
6. Drawings
a.
The figure of the drawings to be published with the abstract is Figure No.     2B    
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

     G01J 3/28 (2006.01)i; G01J 3/36 (2006.01)i; G01J 4/04 (2006.01)i; G01J 3/02 (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):
     G01J; G01N
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)
Y
US 7038776 B1 (ANSLEY DAVID A [US] ET AL) 02 May 2006 (2006-05-02)
10
A
column 3, line 4 - column 4, line 54
1,15
figures 1,2
(2)
Y
EP 2034743 A1 (PANASONIC CORP [JP]) 11 March 2009 (2009-03-11)
8-13
A
paragraphs [0027], [0028], [0059]
1,14,15
figure 2
(3)
A
Meenal Kulkarni, "A survey of performance characterization for spectropolarimetric imaging systems", 29 April 2013 (2013-04-29),
Retrieved from the Internet:
URL:http://www1.cse.wustl.edu/~jain/cse567-13/ftp/imaging.pdf
XP055253623
[retrieved on  2016-02-29]
1,15
page 2 - page 4
figure 1
(4)
Y
US 2005264813 A1 (GIAKOS GEORGE [US]) 01 December 2005 (2005-12-01)
8-13
paragraphs [0030] - [0033]
(5)
Y
Robert Perkins ET AL, "Signal-to-noise analysis of Stokes parameters in division of focal plane polarimeters References and links", 01 January 2006 (2006-01-01), page 5453-5469,
Retrieved from the Internet:
URL:https://www.osapublishing.org/DirectPDFAccess/B87F4263-AF98-2C22-856CAD3959D33AD9_208393/oe-18-25-25815.pdf?da=1&id=208393&seq=0&mobile=no
XP055253626
[retrieved on  2016-02-29]
12,13
page 25817
*
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)
US 7038776 B1
02 May 2006
EP 1705469 A1
US 7038776 B1
27 September 2006
02 May 2006
EP 2034743 A1
11 March 2009
CN 101584222 A
CN 102316329 A
EP 2034743 A1
JP 4235252 B2
JP 4787871 B2
JP 2009055624 A
US 2009290039 A1
WO 2008149489 A1
18 November 2009
11 January 2012
11 March 2009
11 March 2009
05 October 2011
12 March 2009
26 November 2009
11 December 2008
US 2005264813 A1
01 December 2005
US 2005264813 A1
WO 2007130001 A2
01 December 2005
15 November 2007
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:
29 February 2016
Date of mailing of the international search report:
14 March 2016
Authorized officer:
Jacquin, Jérôme
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