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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/US2017/013744 1179-10-WO
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
17 January 2017 29 January 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.     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.


     A61B 17/34 (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):


Category* Citation of document, with indication, where appropriate, of the relevant passages Relevant to claim No.
US 2014324044 A1 (HAUFE SCOTT M W [US] ET AL) 30 October 2014 (2014-10-30)
paragraphs [0142], [0150]; figures 16a,16b
US 5312332 A (BALES THOMAS O [US] ET AL) 17 May 1994 (1994-05-17)
column 11, lines 28-60; figures 5,6
US 2003195392 A1 (HAMEL ROSS J [US] ET AL) 16 October 2003 (2003-10-16)
paragraphs [0082], [0083]; figures 5,6
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 2014324044 A1
30 October 2014
AU 2014257302 A1
CA 2938631 A1
CN 104116555 A
CN 204394669 U
CN 204723157 U
EP 2991564 A2
HK 1203342 A1
US 2014324044 A1
WO 2014176141 A2
15 October 2015
30 October 2014
29 October 2014
17 June 2015
28 October 2015
09 March 2016
30 October 2015
30 October 2014
30 October 2014
US 5312332 A
17 May 1994
US 2003195392 A1
16 October 2003
AT 460878 T
AU 2003297867 A1
BR 0317182 A
CA 2508789 A1
CN 1764410 A
EP 1605809 A2
EP 2151186 A1
ES 2343111 T3
JP 2006508755 A
KR 20050109916 A
NZ 541160 A
US 2003195392 A1
US 2005192486 A1
WO 2004052180 A2
ZA 200504864 B
15 April 2010
30 June 2004
25 October 2005
24 June 2004
26 April 2006
21 December 2005
10 February 2010
23 July 2010
16 March 2006
22 November 2005
24 December 2008
16 October 2003
01 September 2005
24 June 2004
30 May 2007
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:
11 April 2017
Date of mailing of the international search report:
21 April 2017
Authorized officer:
Lee, Ronan
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