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1. WO2020109259 - DIVERTING PIGS IN A PIPELINE OR PIPING SYSTEM


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INTERNATIONAL SEARCH REPORT (ISR)
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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/EP2019/082478 P48884WO/SPC
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
25 November 2019 26 November 2018
Applicant
SUBSEA 7 NORWAY AS
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)).
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)).
c.
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.

A pig diverter (10) comprises a hollow housing (24) having a flowline inlet port (30), a flowline outlet port (32), a pig entry opening (34) and a pig exit opening (36), all communicating with the interior of the housing. A tubular pig holder (44) enclosed by the housing is pivotable between a receiving position and a launching position. In the receiving position, the pig holder is aligned with the pig entry opening to receive a pig (22) and effects fluid communication between the pig entry opening and the flowline outlet port. In the launching position, the pig holder is aligned with the pig exit opening to launch a pig and effects fluid communication between the flowline inlet port and the pig exit opening.


6. Drawings
a.
The figure of the drawings to be published with the abstract is Figure No.     4    
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.
b.
none of the figures is to be published with the abstract.

A. CLASSIFICATION OF SUBJECT MATTER

     F16L 55/46 (2006.01)i; B65G 51/24 (2006.01)i; F16K 11/085 (2006.01)i
According to International Patent Classification (IPC) or to both national classification and IPC

B. FIELDS SEARCHED

Minimum documentation searched (classification system followed by classification symbols):
     F16L; B65G; F16K
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

C. DOCUMENTS CONSIDERED TO BE RELEVANT

Category* Citation of document, with indication, where appropriate, of the relevant passages Relevant to claim No.
(1)
X
US 3547142 A (WEBB BRIAN C) 15 December 1970 (1970-12-15)
1-5,20,21,31,34
A
column 1, line 44 - column 2, line 53; figures 1,2
6-19,22-30,32,33
(2)
A
WO 2010029395 A2 (SINGLE BUOY MOORINGS [CH]; JOYNSON JEREMY DUNCAN STUART [MC] ET AL.) 18 March 2010 (2010-03-18)
1-34
the whole document
(3)
A
US 7530398 B2 (SHELL OIL CO [US]) 12 May 2009 (2009-05-12)
1-34
cited in the application
the whole document
*
Special categories of cited documents:
"A"
document defining the general state of the art which is not considered to be of particular relevance
"D"
document cited by the applicant in the international application
"E"
earlier application or patent but published on or after the international filing date
"L"
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)
"O"
document referring to an oral disclosure, use, exhibition or other means
"P"
document published prior to the international filing date but later than the priority date claimed
"T"
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
"X"
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
"Y"
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

D. INFORMATION ON PATENT FAMILY MEMBERS

Patent document cited in search report Publication date
(day/month/year)
Patent family member(s) Publication date
(day/month/year)
US 3547142 A
15 December 1970
NONE
WO 2010029395 A2
18 March 2010
BR PI0918157 A2
EP 2324274 A2
US 2010065140 A1
WO 2010029395 A2
01 December 2015
25 May 2011
18 March 2010
18 March 2010
US 7530398 B2
12 May 2009
AU 2005319451 A1
BR PI0519128 A2
GB 2435582 A
MY 140095 A
NO 335979 B1
US 2006175063 A1
US 2009020288 A1
WO 2006068929 A1
29 June 2006
23 December 2008
29 August 2007
30 November 2009
07 April 2015
10 August 2006
22 January 2009
29 June 2006
Name and mailing address of the ISA/:
European Patent Office
P.B. 5818, Patentlaan 2, 2280 HV Rijswijk,
Netherlands
Telephone No. (+31-70)340-2040
Facsimile No. (+31-70)340-3016
Date of the actual completion of the international search:
21 January 2020
Date of mailing of the international search report:
30 January 2020
Authorized officer:
Fromentel, Henri
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