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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/US2018/012478 4394-J33WO1
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
05 January 2018 09 January 2017
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
This international search report has not been established in respect of certain claims under Article 17(2)(a) for the following reasons:
Claims Nos.: 1-12
because they relate to subject matter not required to be searched by this Authority, namely:
Rule 39.1(iv)  PCT - Method for treatment of the human or animal body by surgery
Claims Nos.:
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 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
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.     6    
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 17/84 (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 2015150687 A1 (HOPKINS ANDREW [CH]) 04 June 2015 (2015-06-04)
cited in the application
figures 10-12
US 2014277183 A1 (STALCUP GREGORY C [US] ET AL) 18 September 2014 (2014-09-18)
paragraph [0041]; figures 4,5,18
US 2014030675 A1 (SANCHEZ RAMIRO [US] ET AL) 30 January 2014 (2014-01-30)
paragraph [0035]; figure 2
US 2007233071 A1 (DEWEY JONATHAN [US] ET AL) 04 October 2007 (2007-10-04)
paragraph [0033]; figure 10
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 2015150687 A1
04 June 2015
AU 2014357337 A1
CA 2932585 A1
CN 105939682 A
EP 3079611 A1
JP 2016538929 A
KR 20160095059 A
US 2015150687 A1
WO 2015084791 A1
21 July 2016
11 June 2015
14 September 2016
19 October 2016
15 December 2016
10 August 2016
04 June 2015
11 June 2015
US 2014277183 A1
18 September 2014
CA 2896778 A1
EP 2967676 A1
JP 2016513535 A
US 2014277183 A1
US 2017252492 A1
WO 2014150904 A1
25 September 2014
20 January 2016
16 May 2016
18 September 2014
07 September 2017
25 September 2014
US 2014030675 A1
30 January 2014
EP 2877117 A1
US 2014030675 A1
WO 2014018166 A1
03 June 2015
30 January 2014
30 January 2014
US 2007233071 A1
04 October 2007
AU 2007220001 A1
CN 101426444 A
EP 1996104 A1
KR 20080107449 A
US 2007233071 A1
WO 2007101267 A1
07 September 2007
06 May 2009
03 December 2008
10 December 2008
04 October 2007
07 September 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:
16 April 2018
Date of mailing of the international search report:
04 May 2018
Authorized officer:
Hamann, Joachim
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