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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/US2020/025286 STRSP0187WO
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
27 March 2020 28 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.     14    
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.


     A61B 90/50 (2016.01)i; A61B 50/28 (2016.01)i; F16M 13/02 (2006.01)n; F21V 23/00 (2015.01)n
According to International Patent Classification (IPC) or to both national classification and IPC


Minimum documentation searched (classification system followed by classification symbols):
     A61B; F16M; F21V
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 2014131526 A1 (BORG VINCENT A [CA] ET AL) 15 May 2014 (2014-05-15)
paragraph [0036] - paragraph [0046]; figures 2-8
US 6454116 B1 (O'NEILL EDWARD L [US]) 24 September 2002 (2002-09-24)
column 1, line 63 - column 2, line 31; figures 1-5
WO 03040609 A1 (STERIS CORP [US]; ONDAL INDUSTRIETECHNIK GMBH [DE]) 15 May 2003 (2003-05-15)
page 4, line 31 - page 9, line 14; figures 1-14
WO 2008112675 A1 (AMERICAN STERILIZER CO [US]; RUS STEVEN H [US] ET AL.) 18 September 2008 (2008-09-18)
paragraph [0035] - paragraph [0066]; figures 1-8
EP 0300316 A1 (SIEMENS AG [DE]) 25 January 1989 (1989-01-25)
column 3, line 18 - column 5, line 42; figures 1-4
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 2014131526 A1
15 May 2014
CA 2880821 A1
US 2014131526 A1
WO 2014072964 A1
15 May 2014
15 May 2014
15 May 2014
US 6454116 B1
24 September 2002
US 6454116 B1
US 2003041938 A1
24 September 2002
06 March 2003
WO 03040609 A1
15 May 2003
AT 295504 T
CA 2465524 A1
DE 60204162 T2
EP 1442246 A1
ES 2242893 T3
HK 1071187 A1
JP 4113917 B2
JP 2005508681 A
US 2003141426 A1
US 2004262484 A1
WO 03040609 A1
15 May 2005
15 May 2003
26 January 2006
04 August 2004
16 November 2005
13 January 2006
09 July 2008
07 April 2005
31 July 2003
30 December 2004
15 May 2003
WO 2008112675 A1
18 September 2008
AT 489582 T
AU 2008226408 A1
CA 2678163 A1
CN 101688651 A
EP 2126459 A1
JP 5147867 B2
JP 2010521235 A
US 2008225534 A1
WO 2008112675 A1
15 December 2010
18 September 2008
18 September 2008
31 March 2010
02 December 2009
20 February 2013
24 June 2010
18 September 2008
18 September 2008
EP 0300316 A1
25 January 1989
DE 8710117 U1
EP 0300316 A1
JP H0443208 Y2
JP S6419409 U
US 4901339 A
17 November 1988
25 January 1989
13 October 1992
31 January 1989
13 February 1990
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 June 2020
Date of mailing of the international search report:
03 July 2020
Authorized officer:
Neef, Tatjana
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