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1. (WO2017137779) SPECIMEN MOUNTING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR LIVE MICROSCOPY



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INTERNATIONAL SEARCH REPORT (ISR)
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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/GB2017/050372 P46508WO
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
10 February 2017 12 February 2016
Applicant
IMPERIAL INNOVATIONS LIMITED
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
This international search report has not been established in respect of certain claims under Article 17(2)(a) for the following reasons:
1.
Claims Nos.: 35, 38
because they relate to subject matter not required to be searched by this Authority, namely:
Rule 39.1(iv)  PCT - Diagnostic method practised on the human or animal body
2.
Claims Nos.: 42-44
because they relate to parts of the international application that do not comply with the prescribed requirements to such an extent that no meaningful international search can be carried out, specifically:
Claims 42 to 44 try to define the subject-matter by merely referring to the description and/or drawings. However, such a way of formulating the claims leaves doubt about what the subject-matter for which protection is sought should be and therefore lacks clarity (Art. 6 PCT). They lack clarity to such an extent that no meaningful search is possible.
The applicant's attention is drawn to the fact that claims relating to inventions in respect of which no international search report has been established need not be the subject of an international preliminary examination (Rule 66.1(e) PCT). The applicant is advised that the EPO policy when acting as an International Preliminary Examining Authority is normally not to carry out a preliminary examination on matter which has not been searched. This is the case irrespective of whether or not the claims are amended following receipt of the search report or during any Chapter II procedure. If the application proceeds into the regional phase before the EPO, the applicant is reminded that a search may be carried out during examination before the EPO (see EPO Guidelines C-IV, 7.2), should the problems which led to the Article 17(2) declaration be overcome.
3.
Claims Nos.:
because they are dependent claims and are not drafted in accordance with the second and third sentences of Rule 6.4(a).
3. Unity of invention is lacking
This International Searching Authority found multiple inventions in this international application, as follows:
1. claims: 1-15, 20, 27-34, 36, 37, 39-41
A device for supplying liquid to a container comprising first and second parts, an inlet port, a first conduit having an outlet hole and spacing means, in particular collars, to space the second part from the walls of a chamber.
1.1. claims: 12-15
A device for supplying liquid to a container comprising first and second parts, an inlet port, a first conduit having an outlet hole, an outlet port and an outlet mouth placed on the first part and being connected to said outlet port.
2. claims: 16-19
A device for supplying liquid to a container comprising first and second parts, an inlet port, a first conduit having an outlet hole, said first part being provided with an opening through which a specimen can extend, an assembly of a cuvette and said device and a method of examining a specimen in said assembly using a microscope.
3. claims: 21-26
A device for supplying liquid to a container comprising first and second parts, an inlet port, a first conduit having an outlet hole and a surface modification of the second part or additional functional elements provided on/in the second part.
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.: 1-15, 20, 27-34, 36, 37, 39-41
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.     2    
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

     G02B 21/34 (2006.01)i; B01L 3/00 (2006.01)i; G02B 21/16 (2006.01)n
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):
     G02B; B01L
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)
X
US 2011277565 A1 (WINKLER SIEGFRIED [DE] ET AL) 17 November 2011 (2011-11-17)
1-6,9-13,27-31,33,34,36,37,39-41
figures 2a-2d
paragraph [0002]
paragraph [0068] - paragraph [0083]
(2)
X
US 2010055698 A1 (STIBELLI SERGIO [IT] ET AL) 04 March 2010 (2010-03-04)
1,2,7-9,12-14,20,27,30-32
figures 1-4
paragraph [0037] - paragraph [0063]
(3)
X
US 2002185457 A1 (SMITH EMERY [US] ET AL) 12 December 2002 (2002-12-12)
1,2,4,5,7,9,10,12-15,27,30-32
figures 1-7
paragraph [0023] - paragraph [0039]
(4)
A
DE 102013210269 B3 (HANNOVER LASER ZENTRUM [DE]; LAVISION BIOTEC GMBH [DE]) 06 November 2014 (2014-11-06)
1,31-34,36,37
figures 1-14
*
Special categories of cited documents:
"A"
document defining the general state of the art which is not considered to be of particular relevance
"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 2011277565 A1
17 November 2011
EP 2193847 A1
EP 2364217 A1
JP 5714498 B2
JP 2012511164 A
US 2011277565 A1
WO 2010063474 A1
09 June 2010
14 September 2011
07 May 2015
17 May 2012
17 November 2011
10 June 2010
US 2010055698 A1
04 March 2010
BR PI0716274 A2
CN 101600501 A
EP 2091645 A1
HK 1136523 A1
JP 2010510783 A
KR 20090112640 A
RU 2009119971 A
US 2010055698 A1
WO 2008064783 A1
28 July 2015
09 December 2009
26 August 2009
22 March 2013
08 April 2010
28 October 2009
10 January 2011
04 March 2010
05 June 2008
US 2002185457 A1
12 December 2002
AT 453319 T
CA 2448415 A1
CY 1109878 T1
EP 1406492 A2
ES 2338868 T3
US 2002185457 A1
WO 02098566 A2
15 January 2010
12 December 2002
10 September 2014
14 April 2004
13 May 2010
12 December 2002
12 December 2002
DE 102013210269 B3
06 November 2014
DE 102013210269 B3
US 2016109357 A1
WO 2014195005 A1
06 November 2014
21 April 2016
11 December 2014
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:
28 April 2017
Date of mailing of the international search report:
05 July 2017
Authorized officer:
Beutter, Matthias
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