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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/EP2018/084059 II01P095WO
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
07 December 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.     1A    
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.


     A61N 1/375 (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):
     A61N; A61B; H01L
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 2013330498 A1 (HOGG ANDREAS [CH] ET AL) 12 December 2013 (2013-12-12)
paragraphs [0029] - [0051]; figures 1-2, 4
US 2011039050 A1 (HOGG ANDREAS [CH] ET AL) 17 February 2011 (2011-02-17)
paragraphs [0017] - [0027]; figures 1-2
US 2016120472 A1 (KUB FRANCIS J [US] ET AL) 05 May 2016 (2016-05-05)
the whole document
US 2016284853 A1 (PHAM DUY VU [DE] ET AL) 29 September 2016 (2016-09-29)
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
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 2013330498 A1
12 December 2013
AU 2013206095 A1
CA 2817328 A1
CO 7140288 A1
EP 2687256 A1
JP 2013255792 A
US 2013330498 A1
US 2015297801 A1
09 January 2014
07 December 2013
12 December 2014
22 January 2014
26 December 2013
12 December 2013
22 October 2015
US 2011039050 A1
17 February 2011
AU 2010283553 A1
CA 2770611 A1
EP 2464421 A2
PL 2464421 T3
US 2011039050 A1
WO 2011018709 A2
05 April 2012
17 February 2011
20 June 2012
28 April 2017
17 February 2011
17 February 2011
US 2016120472 A1
05 May 2016
US 2016284853 A1
29 September 2016
CN 105917471 A
EP 2874187 A1
EP 3069385 A1
JP 2017503336 A
KR 20160086366 A
RU 2016121714 A
TW 201535751 A
US 2016284853 A1
WO 2015071344 A1
31 August 2016
20 May 2015
21 September 2016
26 January 2017
19 July 2016
20 December 2017
16 September 2015
29 September 2016
21 May 2015
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:
25 July 2019
Date of mailing of the international search report:
05 August 2019
Authorized officer:
Smit, Jos
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