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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/US2018/052805 6542-WO
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
26 September 2018 26 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
This International Searching Authority found multiple inventions in this international application, as follows:
1. claims: 1-11
A heat transfer label containing subsequent layers of silicone ink, a compatibility substance and toner
2. claim: 12
A heat transfer layer containing subsequent layers of toner and water based ink
As all required additional search fees were timely paid by the applicant, this international search report covers all searchable claims.
As all searchable claims could be searched without effort justifying additional fees, this Authority did not invite payment of additional fees.
As only some of the required additional search fees were timely paid by the applicant, this international search report covers only those claims for which fees were paid, specifically claims Nos.:
No required additional search fees were timely paid by the applicant. Consequently, this international search report is restricted to the invention first mentioned in the claims; it is covered by claims Nos.: 1-11
Remark on Protest
The additional search fees were accompanied by the applicant’s protest and, where applicable, the payment of a protest fee.
The additional search fees were accompanied by the applicant’s protest but the applicable protest fee was not paid within the time limit specified in the invitation.
No protest accompanied the payment of additional search fees.
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.


     B44C 1/17 (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):
     B44C; B44F
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 2003091799 A1 (FRANKE KELL ERIK [DK]) 15 May 2003 (2003-05-15)
page 1, paragraph 7 - page 6, paragraph 84; figure 1
US 2015004336 A1 (DELYS NANCY [BE] ET AL) 01 January 2015 (2015-01-01)
cited in the application
the whole document
WO 2013096394 A2 (DOW CORNING [US]) 27 June 2013 (2013-06-27)
the whole document
US 2011289647 A1 (CHIAO YI-HUNG [US] ET AL) 01 December 2011 (2011-12-01)
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 2003091799 A1
15 May 2003
AT 234384 T
AU 701431 B2
BG 63090 B1
BR 9612009 A
CA 2239057 A1
CN 1204374 A
DE 69626687 D1
DE 69626687 T2
DK 0880613 T3
EP 0880613 A1
ES 2194123 T3
HK 1017397 A1
JP 3957753 B2
JP 2000504377 A
NO 982663 A
PL 327280 A1
PT 880613 E
RU 2169222 C2
US 6521327 B1
US 2003091799 A1
US 2003134113 A1
WO 9721867 A1
15 March 2003
28 January 1999
30 March 2001
28 December 1999
19 June 1997
06 January 1999
17 April 2003
15 January 2004
12 May 2003
02 December 1998
16 November 2003
19 December 2003
15 August 2007
11 April 2000
10 June 1998
07 December 1998
31 July 2003
20 June 2001
18 February 2003
15 May 2003
17 July 2003
19 June 1997
US 2015004336 A1
01 January 2015
CN 104011290 A
EP 2794984 A2
JP 2015508432 A
KR 20140105521 A
US 2015004336 A1
WO 2013096402 A2
27 August 2014
29 October 2014
19 March 2015
01 September 2014
01 January 2015
27 June 2013
WO 2013096394 A2
27 June 2013
CN 103998539 A
EP 2794783 A2
JP 2015506387 A
KR 20140106699 A
US 2014356590 A1
WO 2013096394 A2
20 August 2014
29 October 2014
02 March 2015
03 September 2014
04 December 2014
27 June 2013
US 2011289647 A1
01 December 2011
BR 112012029997 A2
CN 103025613 A
CN 107031263 A
EP 2576358 A2
EP 2695991 A2
MX 338331 B
TW 201206719 A
US 2011289647 A1
WO 2011150000 A2
27 June 2017
03 April 2013
11 August 2017
10 April 2013
12 February 2014
12 April 2016
16 February 2012
01 December 2011
01 December 2011
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:
10 December 2018
Date of mailing of the international search report:
07 February 2019
Authorized officer:
Kelliher, Cormac
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