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1. WO2020193267 - SAMPLING DEVICE FOR COLLECTING A MICROBIOTA SAMPLE


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INTERNATIONAL SEARCH REPORT (ISR)
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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/EP2020/057202 P4750PC00
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
17 March 2020 22 March 2019
Applicant
UNIVERSIDAD DE NAVARRA
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
This international search report has not been established in respect of certain claims under Article 17(2)(a) for the following reasons:
1.
Claims Nos.: 15
because they relate to subject matter not required to be searched by this Authority, namely:
Claim 15 relates to a method for treatment of the human or animal body by surgery according to Rule 39.1(iv) PCT.
2.
Claims Nos.:
because they relate to parts of the international application that do not comply with the prescribed requirements to such an extent that no meaningful international search can be carried out, specifically:
3.
Claims Nos.:
because they are dependent claims and are not drafted in accordance with the second and third sentences of Rule 6.4(a).
3. Unity of invention is lacking
This International Searching Authority found multiple inventions in this international application, as follows:
1. claims: 1-10
A sampling device wherein the inlet closure passively controls the inlet and the inlet closure assembly comprising an outer closure for temporary closing the inlet, the outer closure configured to dissolve at a sampling site for allowing the microbiota sample to enter into the reservoir through the inlet; and an inner closure configured to block the inlet after collecting the microbiota sample.
2. claims: 11-14
A sampling device for collecting a microbiota sample from a gastrointestinal system comprising a second reservoir comprising an aqueous medium, a second reservoir outlet providing a passage between the second reservoir and the outside of the sampling device, a second reservoir outlet closure assembly for controlling the communication between the second reservoir and the outside of the sampling device wherein the second reservoir outlet closure assembly is configured to open when the first reservoir inlet closure assembly opens, such that the aqueous medium is delivered through the second reservoir outlet.
1.
As all required additional search fees were timely paid by the applicant, this international search report covers all searchable claims.
2.
As all searchable claims could be searched without effort justifying additional fees, this Authority did not invite payment of additional fees.
3.
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.:
4.
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.: 1-10
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
a.
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.
b.
none of the figures is to be published with the abstract.

A. CLASSIFICATION OF SUBJECT MATTER

     A61B 10/00 (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):
     A61B
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 2018049725 A1 (JONES MITCHELL LAWRENCE [US] ET AL) 22 February 2018 (2018-02-22)
1-10
paragraph [0258] - paragraph [0293]
paragraph [0340]; figure 3
(2)
X
DE 19801573 A1 (SUCHATZKI BERND ULRICH DR [DE]) 22 July 1999 (1999-07-22)
1-4,7-9
column 4; figures 1-2
(3)
X
EP 1530950 A1 (FAERGKLAEMMAN AB [SE]) 18 May 2005 (2005-05-18)
1,8-10
paragraph [0033]
paragraph [0039] - paragraph [0043]; figure 8
(4)
X,P
WO 2019081539 A1 (UNIV GRENOBLE ALPES [FR]; CENTRE NAT RECH SCIENT [FR] ET AL.) 02 May 2019 (2019-05-02)
1-4,6,7
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 2018049725 A1
22 February 2018
AU 2017312662 A1
CA 3034263 A1
CA 3034267 A1
CN 109843182 A
CN 109890299 A
EP 3500177 A1
EP 3500178 A1
JP 2019528117 A
US 2018049725 A1
US 2018052084 A1
US 2020170627 A1
WO 2018035394 A1
WO 2018035396 A1
28 February 2019
22 February 2018
22 February 2018
04 June 2019
14 June 2019
26 June 2019
26 June 2019
10 October 2019
22 February 2018
22 February 2018
04 June 2020
22 February 2018
22 February 2018
DE 19801573 A1
22 July 1999
NONE
EP 1530950 A1
18 May 2005
NONE
WO 2019081539 A1
02 May 2019
FR 3072556 A1
WO 2019081539 A1
26 April 2019
02 May 2019
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:
17 April 2020
Date of mailing of the international search report:
25 June 2020
Authorized officer:
Jansson Godoy, Nina
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