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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/IB2018/055081 57826-WO-PCT
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
10 July 2018 09 August 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.: 12-15
because they relate to subject matter not required to be searched by this Authority, namely:
The subject-matter of claims 12-15 relates to a method for treatment of the human or animal body by surgery. No search has been performed for the subject-matter of these claims (Rule 39.1(iv) and Rule 67.1(iv) PCT).
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.     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.
none of the figures is to be published with the abstract.


     A61B 17/34 (2006.01)i; A61F 9/007 (2006.01)i; A61B 90/92 (2016.01)i
According to International Patent Classification (IPC) or to both national classification and IPC


Minimum documentation searched (classification system followed by classification symbols):
     A61B; A61F
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


Category* Citation of document, with indication, where appropriate, of the relevant passages Relevant to claim No.
US 2008215078 A1 (BENNETT MICHAEL D [US]) 04 September 2008 (2008-09-04)
the whole document
EP 2243436 A2 (ETHICON ENDO SURGERY INC [US]) 27 October 2010 (2010-10-27)
figures 6A-D, 7A-D
paragraphs [0063], [0064]
WO 03075979 A2 (SIMON JAMES S [US]; SIMON ROBERT A [US]) 18 September 2003 (2003-09-18)
figures 6A-C
paragraphs [0103] - [0106], [0172]
US 2011282160 A1 (BHADRI PRASHANT [US] ET AL) 17 November 2011 (2011-11-17)
figures 19, 20
paragraph [0103] - paragraph [0107]
EP 1772110 A1 (BRAINLAB AG [DE]) 11 April 2007 (2007-04-11)
the whole document
US 8343106 B2 (ALCON RES LTD [US]) 01 January 2013 (2013-01-01)
cited in the application
the whole document
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 2008215078 A1
04 September 2008
EP 2243436 A2
27 October 2010
AU 2010201460 A1
CA 2701866 A1
CN 101869492 A
EP 2243436 A2
JP 2010253273 A
KR 20100116543 A
US 2010274093 A1
11 November 2010
22 October 2010
27 October 2010
27 October 2010
11 November 2010
01 November 2010
28 October 2010
WO 03075979 A2
18 September 2003
AU 2003225691 A1
US 2005065496 A1
WO 03075979 A2
22 September 2003
24 March 2005
18 September 2003
US 2011282160 A1
17 November 2011
EP 2568937 A2
EP 2662057 A1
EP 3372206 A1
ES 2667486 T3
US 2011282160 A1
US 2014357957 A1
US 2015265466 A1
WO 2011143500 A2
20 March 2013
13 November 2013
12 September 2018
11 May 2018
17 November 2011
04 December 2014
24 September 2015
17 November 2011
EP 1772110 A1
11 April 2007
EP 1772110 A1
US 2007263375 A1
11 April 2007
15 November 2007
US 8343106 B2
01 January 2013
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:
04 September 2018
Date of mailing of the international search report:
11 September 2018
Authorized officer:
Emirdag, Eda
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