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1. WO2020003113 - MENSTRUAL TAMPON

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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/IB2019/055332 A254-1
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
25 June 2019 26 June 2018
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.


     A61F 13/20 (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:
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 2002142693 A1 (BUZOT HERVE [US]) 03 October 2002 (2002-10-03)
fig. 1, 2par. 10-13, 16, 37, 38, 43
DE 2840340 A1 (PERSONAL PRODUCTS CO) 29 March 1979 (1979-03-29)
p.6, last par.; p.7, 1rst and 3rd par.; p.9, 2nd par.
WO 2012150546 A2 (KIMBERLY CLARK CO [US]; SCHMIDT-FOERST ALEXANDER [DE] ET AL.) 08 November 2012 (2012-11-08)
p.17, 2nd par.
WO 2010055115 A2 (ONTEX HYGIENEARTIKEL DEUTSCHLA [DE]; SMET STEVEN [BE]) 20 May 2010 (2010-05-20)
p.7, 2nd par.
US 2015209468 A1 (AVILES MISAEL OMAR [US] ET AL) 30 July 2015 (2015-07-30)
par. 27, 36, 37, 99, 112
US 4553965 A (CONN SHEPARD [US] ET AL) 19 November 1985 (1985-11-19)
fig. 2col.8, last par.
US 2003144639 A1 (GEHLING STEVEN CRAIG [US]) 31 July 2003 (2003-07-31)
par. 43, 48
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 2002142693 A1
03 October 2002
AR 033010 A1
BR 0208575 A
CA 2442405 A1
CN 1507335 A
CO 5700694 A2
EP 1383454 A1
KR 20030093293 A
MX PA03008950 A
US 2002142693 A1
WO 02078587 A1
ZA 200308429 B
03 December 2003
23 March 2004
10 October 2002
23 June 2004
30 November 2006
28 January 2004
06 December 2003
07 March 2005
03 October 2002
10 October 2002
29 October 2004
DE 2840340 A1
29 March 1979
AU 519790 B2
CA 1157437 A
DE 2840340 A1
IN 149816 B
JP S5450192 A
JP S6114826 B2
NZ 188326 A
PH 15514 A
24 December 1981
22 November 1983
29 March 1979
01 May 1982
19 April 1979
21 April 1986
12 September 1980
03 February 1983
WO 2012150546 A2
08 November 2012
AU 2012251370 A1
BR 112013028480 A2
CN 103501743 A
EP 2704678 A2
KR 20140016352 A
MX 347906 B
RU 2013152441 A
US 2012283684 A1
WO 2012150546 A2
17 October 2013
04 July 2017
08 January 2014
12 March 2014
07 February 2014
16 May 2017
10 June 2015
08 November 2012
08 November 2012
WO 2010055115 A2
20 May 2010
EP 2355763 A2
US 2011230854 A1
WO 2010055115 A2
17 August 2011
22 September 2011
20 May 2010
US 2015209468 A1
30 July 2015
CN 105916973 A
EP 3097184 A1
JP 2017508498 A
KR 20160099660 A
US 2015209468 A1
WO 2015112374 A1
31 August 2016
30 November 2016
30 March 2017
22 August 2016
30 July 2015
30 July 2015
US 4553965 A
19 November 1985
US 2003144639 A1
31 July 2003
BR 0306513 A
CA 2470529 A1
EP 1474105 A2
EP 1474106 A1
JP 2006515994 A
KR 20040111344 A
US 2003144639 A1
WO 03063829 A1
12 December 2006
24 July 2003
10 November 2004
10 November 2004
15 June 2006
31 December 2004
31 July 2003
07 August 2003
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:
20 September 2019
Date of mailing of the international search report:
02 October 2019
Authorized officer:
Hoff, Céline
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