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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/US2018/019122 15139128-016
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
22 February 2018 24 February 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
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.     12    
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.


     B60Q 1/34 (2006.01)i; G01S 13/86 (2006.01)i; G01S 13/93 (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):
     B60Q; G01S
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, INSPEC, WPI Data


Category* Citation of document, with indication, where appropriate, of the relevant passages Relevant to claim No.
US 2003025597 A1 (SCHOFIELD KENNETH [US]) 06 February 2003 (2003-02-06)
paragraphs [0016] - [0018], [0023], [0027] - [0030]; figure 2
US 2014309855 A1 (TRAN BAO [US]) 16 October 2014 (2014-10-16)
paragraphs [0018], [0020], [0021], [0035], [0050]
US 2003004643 A1 (SEREZAT LAURENT [FR]) 02 January 2003 (2003-01-02)
paragraphs [0006] - [0013], [0028], [0029]
US 2011199200 A1 (LUEKE STEFAN [DE] ET AL) 18 August 2011 (2011-08-18)
paragraphs [0071] - [0073]; figure 4
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 2003025597 A1
06 February 2003
US 2003025597 A1
US 2005179527 A1
US 2007188347 A1
US 2008174453 A1
US 2009243825 A1
US 2013321615 A1
US 2016129840 A1
US 2017028916 A1
06 February 2003
18 August 2005
16 August 2007
24 July 2008
01 October 2009
05 December 2013
12 May 2016
02 February 2017
US 2014309855 A1
16 October 2014
US 2003004643 A1
02 January 2003
EP 1237750 A1
FR 2815311 A1
JP 2004511389 A
JP 2008100677 A
US 2003004643 A1
WO 0232719 A1
11 September 2002
19 April 2002
15 April 2004
01 May 2008
02 January 2003
25 April 2002
US 2011199200 A1
18 August 2011
DE 112009001896 A5
EP 2340187 A1
US 2011199200 A1
WO 2010045908 A1
05 May 2011
06 July 2011
18 August 2011
29 April 2010
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 May 2018
Date of mailing of the international search report:
18 May 2018
Authorized officer:
Ferrara, Michele
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