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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/EP2020/056863 007647720
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
13 March 2020 22 March 2019
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.     2    
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.


     A24F 47/00 (2020.01)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.
WO 2017194763 A2 (BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (INVESTMENTS) LTD [GB]) 16 November 2017 (2017-11-16)
page 3, line 24 - line 32
page 4, line 15 - line 19
page 5, line 6 - line 9
page 6, line 23 - page 7, line 5; claims; figures
US 2014216485 A1 (EGOYANTS PETR [RU] ET AL) 07 August 2014 (2014-08-07)
paragraphs [0057], [0065], [0096]; claims; figures
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
WO 2017194763 A2
16 November 2017
AR 108446 A1
AU 2017263072 A1
BR 112018073458 A2
CA 3023777 A1
CL 2018003195 A1
CN 109195463 A
EP 3454680 A2
JP 2019521656 A
KR 20180134974 A
NZ 747985 A
PH 12018502347 A1
RU 2019141335 A
TW 201742555 A
US 2019208816 A1
WO 2017194763 A2
22 August 2018
22 November 2018
26 March 2019
16 November 2017
03 May 2019
11 January 2019
20 March 2019
08 August 2019
19 December 2018
29 May 2020
02 September 2019
21 February 2020
16 December 2017
11 July 2019
16 November 2017
US 2014216485 A1
07 August 2014
CN 103608619 A
EP 2753859 A1
JP 6050453 B2
JP 2014518367 A
JP 2016027818 A
RU 2013155699 A
US 2014216485 A1
WO 2013034455 A1
26 February 2014
16 July 2014
21 December 2016
28 July 2014
25 February 2016
20 October 2015
07 August 2014
14 March 2013
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:
16 June 2020
Date of mailing of the international search report:
25 June 2020
Authorized officer:
Acerbis, Giorgio
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