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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/US2017/054035 SENS-PCT-3
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
28 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.     3    
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.


     E03C 1/04 (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:
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: faucet flow control assembly, valve cartridge, handle actuator, flow control housing, valve stem, pawl


Category* Citation of document, with indication, where appropriate, of the relevant passages Relevant to claim No.
US 2017-0030056 A1 (SENSITAP, LLC.) 02 February 2017 See paragraphs [0039]-[0043], [0079]-[0104], [0126]-[147]; claim 1; and figures 3-6, 19-24, 25.
US 2014-0238517 A1 (CHEN, MEI-LI) 28 August 2014 See paragraphs [0026]-[0038]; and figures 1-3.
US 7357154 B1 (CHEN, MEI-LI) 15 April 2008 See column 3, line 11 - column 4, line 48; and figures 1-9.
US 2001-0011389 A1 (PHILIPPS-LIEBICH et al.) 09 August 2001 See paragraphs [0026]-[0029]; and figures 1-3.
WO 2006-019998 A2 (MASCO CORPORATION OF INDIANA et al.) 23 February 2006 See page 7, line 20 - page 10, line 2; and figures 6-9.
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 2017-0030056 A1
02 February 2017
US 9103102 B1
US 9328489 B2
US 9677254 B2
US 2015-0299991 A1
WO 2015-160870 A1
11 August 2015
03 May 2016
13 June 2017
22 October 2015
22 October 2015
US 2014-0238517 A1
28 August 2014
US 8863778 B2
21 October 2014
US 7357154 B1
15 April 2008
US 2001-0011389 A1
09 August 2001
AT 264955 T
DE 10005971 A1
DK 1132529 T3
EP 1132529 A2
EP 1132529 B1
EP 1132529 A3
ES 2219443 T3
US 6341389 B2
15 May 2004
16 August 2001
26 July 2004
12 September 2001
21 April 2004
02 January 2003
01 December 2004
29 January 2002
WO 2006-019998 A2
23 February 2006
US 7108012 B2
US 7628173 B2
US 2007-0017585 A1
US 2006-0016491 A1
WO 2006-019998 A3
19 September 2006
08 December 2009
25 January 2007
26 January 2006
30 November 2006
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:
12 February 2018
Date of mailing of the international search report:
12 February 2018
Authorized officer:
BAE, Geun Tae
Telephone No. +82-42-481-3547
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