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1. (WO2018004533) SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING PRODUCT USAGE FROM DISPENSERS



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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/US2016/039777 65019860PC01
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
28 June 2016
Applicant
KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
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
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.     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.
b.
none of the figures is to be published with the abstract.

A. CLASSIFICATION OF SUBJECT MATTER

     G06Q 10/06 (2012.01)i; G06Q 50/10 (2012.01)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):
Documentation searched other than minimum documentation to the extent that such documents are included in the fields searched:
Korean utility models and applications for utility modelsJapanese utility models and applications for utility models
Electronic data base consulted during the international search (name of data base and, where practicable, search terms used):
eKOMPASS(KIPO internal) & Keywords: refill, product, dispenser, message, sensor, patron

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 2015-0228181 A1 (GUNILLA HIMMELMANN et al.) 13 August 2015 See abstract, paragraphs [0019]-[0020], [0025]-[0032], [0050], [0052], [0058], claims 9, 11, 13 and figures 1-2.
1-14
(2)
Y
US 2005-0171634 A1 (CHERYL YORK et al.) 04 August 2005 See abstract, paragraphs [0011], [0178]-[0181], claims 12, 27 and figures 27A-32.
1-14
(3)
Y
US 2013-0240554 A1 (ANDERS STRAHLIN et al.) 19 September 2013 See abstract, paragraphs [0012], [0020], claim 10 and figures 1-3, 6, 8.
11-13
(4)
A
JP 2007-188333 A (CHUGOKU ELECTRIC POWER CO., INC.) 26 July 2007 See claims 1-4 and figures 1-3.
1-14
(5)
A
US 2014-0142966 A1 (AIONEX, INC.) 22 May 2014 See abstract, paragraphs [0094]-[0096], claim 1 and figures 1-3, 5.
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 2015-0228181 A1
13 August 2015
AU 2012-388838 A1
CA 2881313 A1
CN 104603806 A
EP 2891118 A1
EP 2891118 A4
MX 2015002401 A
RU 2015111147 A
WO 2014-035307 A1
19 March 2015
06 March 2014
06 May 2015
08 July 2015
18 May 2016
10 June 2015
20 October 2016
06 March 2014
US 2005-0171634 A1
04 August 2005
CA 2552123 A1
CA 2552123 C
CA 2586423 A1
CA 2586423 C
CA 2587251 A1
CA 2587251 C
CA 2844890 A1
CA 2844890 C
CN 101080189 A
CN 101080189 B
CN 101080190 A
CN 101828885 A
CN 101828885 B
CN 1901829 A
CN 1901829 B
EP 1708602 A1
EP 1708602 B1
EP 1824369 A2
EP 1833342 A1
EP 1833342 B1
JP 05039997 B2
JP 05430854 B2
JP 2007-525258 A
JP 2008-524702 A
JP 2008-532566 A
US 2005-0145745 A1
US 2006-0005312 A1
US 2006-0173576 A1
US 2010-0170979 A1
US 2010-0268381 A1
US 7726599 B2
US 7774096 B2
US 7783380 B2
US 7814582 B2
US 8160742 B2
WO 2005-065509 A1
WO 2006-065514 A1
WO 2006-065515 A2
WO 2006-065515 A3
21 July 2005
20 March 2012
22 June 2006
20 May 2014
22 June 2006
11 February 2014
22 June 2006
22 March 2016
28 November 2007
12 May 2010
28 November 2007
15 September 2010
01 February 2012
24 January 2007
01 December 2010
11 October 2006
13 June 2012
29 August 2007
19 September 2007
05 August 2015
03 October 2012
05 March 2014
06 September 2007
10 July 2008
21 August 2008
07 July 2005
12 January 2006
03 August 2006
08 July 2010
21 October 2010
01 June 2010
10 August 2010
24 August 2010
19 October 2010
17 April 2012
21 July 2005
22 June 2006
22 June 2006
09 November 2006
US 2013-0240554 A1
19 September 2013
AU 2010-360599 A1
AU 2010-360599 B2
CN 103118576 A
CN 103118576 B
EP 2615955 A1
EP 2615955 B1
ES 2547081 T3
MX 2013002733 A
RU 2013116809 A
RU 2539340 C2
WO 2012-034590 A1
ZA 201301436 B
28 March 2013
18 June 2015
22 May 2013
08 June 2016
24 July 2013
01 July 2015
01 October 2015
07 June 2013
20 October 2014
20 January 2015
22 March 2012
27 November 2013
JP 2007-188333 A
26 July 2007
None
US 2014-0142966 A1
22 May 2014
US 2009-0313046 A1
US 8571884 B2
17 December 2009
29 October 2013
Name and mailing address of the ISA/:
Korean Intellectual Property Office
189 Cheongsa-ro, Seo-gu, Daejeon Metropolitan City, 302-701
Republic of Korea
Facsimile No. +82-42-481-8578
Date of the actual completion of the international search:
21 March 2017
Date of mailing of the international search report:
24 March 2017
Authorized officer:
KANG, Min Jeong
Telephone No. +82-42-481-8131
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