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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/EP2018/073538 P/76365.WO01
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
31 August 2018 07 September 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.     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.


     A24D 1/02 (2006.01)i; A24F 47/00 (2006.01)n
According to International Patent Classification (IPC) or to both national classification and IPC


Minimum documentation searched (classification system followed by classification symbols):
     A24D; A24F
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 6367481 B1 (NICHOLS WALTER A [US] ET AL) 09 April 2002 (2002-04-09)
column 4, line 37 - column 5, line 23
WO 2017114895 A1 (PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS SA [CH]) 06 July 2017 (2017-07-06)
page 20, lines 8-11
US 2016331031 A1 (MALGAT ALEXANDRE [CH] ET AL) 17 November 2016 (2016-11-17)
figure 3
paragraphs [0010], [0080]
US 2013306085 A1 (SANCHEZ LUIS A [US] ET AL) 21 November 2013 (2013-11-21)
paragraphs [0049], [0053]
Special categories of cited documents:
document defining the general state of the art which is not considered to be of particular relevance
document cited by the applicant in the international application
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 6367481 B1
09 April 2002
AU 750728 B2
BR 9906794 A
CA 2317428 A1
CN 1290131 A
EA 200000744 A1
EP 1047308 A1
HU 0101273 A2
JP 2002500032 A
NO 20003493 A
PL 341798 A1
US 6367481 B1
US 2002174875 A1
WO 9934697 A1
25 July 2002
02 January 2002
15 July 1999
04 April 2001
26 February 2001
02 November 2000
28 August 2001
08 January 2002
29 August 2000
07 May 2001
09 April 2002
28 November 2002
15 July 1999
WO 2017114895 A1
06 July 2017
CA 3006239 A1
CN 108366617 A
EP 3397082 A1
KR 20180099674 A
WO 2017114895 A1
06 July 2017
03 August 2018
07 November 2018
05 September 2018
06 July 2017
US 2016331031 A1
17 November 2016
AU 2014359183 A1
CA 2932331 A1
CN 106686992 A
EP 3076804 A1
HK 1223511 A1
JP 2016538863 A
KR 20160096590 A
PH 12016500635 A1
RU 2665444 C1
SG 11201604550U A
US 2016331031 A1
WO 2015082648 A1
ZA 201602364 B
05 May 2016
11 June 2015
17 May 2017
12 October 2016
04 August 2017
15 December 2016
16 August 2016
23 May 2016
29 August 2018
28 July 2016
17 November 2016
11 June 2015
26 July 2017
US 2013306085 A1
21 November 2013
US 2013306085 A1
WO 2013173440 A1
21 November 2013
21 November 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:
09 November 2018
Date of mailing of the international search report:
22 November 2018
Authorized officer:
Kirchmayr, Katrin
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