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1. WO2020225277 - A LOW VOLUME SPRAY APPLICATION VEHICLE


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INTERNATIONAL SEARCH REPORT (ISR)
Part 1:  1  2  3  4  5  6          Part 2:  A  B  C  D  E 
International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/EP2020/062512 BCS193054 WO
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
06 May 2020 08 May 2019
Applicant
BAYER AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
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
This International Searching Authority found multiple inventions in this international application, as follows:
1. claims: 1-20
A spray liquid and method for distribution of such spray liquid.
1.1. claims: 1-6(completely); 18, 19(partially)
A spray liquid comprising a fluid, at least on agrochemical active ingredient, an adjuvant, wherein the adjuvant comprises an emulsion polymer or a polymer dispersion.
1.2. claims: 7-12(completely); 18, 19(partially)
A spray liquid comprising a fluid, at least on agrochemical active ingredient, an adjuvant, wherein the adjuvant comprises a compatibiliser.
1.3. claims: 13-17, 20(completely); 18, 19(partially)
A spray liquid application vehicle, and a computer program for controlling such vehicle.
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.:
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

     A01N 25/00 (2006.01)i; A01N 25/30 (2006.01)i; A01N 37/50 (2006.01)i; A01N 43/56 (2006.01)i; A01N 43/40 (2006.01)i; A01N 43/653 (2006.01)i; A01N 47/40 (2006.01)i; A01P 13/00 (2006.01)i; A01P 3/00 (2006.01)i; A01P 7/00 (2006.01)i; A01M 7/00 (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):
     A01N; A01M; G06F
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, BIOSIS, CHEM ABS 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
Y Huang ET AL, "DEVELOPMENT OF A SPRAY SYSTEM FOR AN UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE PLATFORM", 01 January 2009 (2009-01-01), page 803-809,
Retrieved from the Internet:
URL:http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.903.1242&rep=rep1&type=pdf
XP055485950
[retrieved on  2018-06-20]
13-16,20
Y
page 804, column 2, line 3 - page 805, column 1, line 37
13-20
figures 1, 6
(2)
DATABASE WPI Thomson Scientific, London, GB; Vol. 2014, No. 21, AN 2014-E94452
XP002782225
Y
& CN 103523224  A  (WUXI TONGCHUN NEW ENERGY SCI & TECHNOLOG) 22 January 2014 (2014-01-22)
13-20
the whole document
(3)
DATABASE WPI Thomson Scientific, London, GB; Vol. 2017, No. 60, AN 2017-50661W
XP002782226
Y
& CN 106956778  A  (GUANGDONG RONGQI INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGY) 18 July 2017 (2017-07-18)
13-20
abstract
embodiment 3
claims 1-10
(4)
X
CHRISTIAN SCHOLZ ET AL, "Camera-based selective weed control application module ("Precision Spraying App") for the autonomous field robot platform BoniRob", PROCEEDINGS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING, ZURICH,01 July 2014 (2014-07-01), page 1-8,
XP055466485
13-16,20
Y
sections 2.2.1, 2.2.2, 2.2.3, 2.4
13-20
(5)
Y
D A SHAIKH ET AL, "Intelligent Autonomous Farming Robot with Plant Disease Detection using Image Processing", INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ADVANCED RESEARCH IN COMPUTER AND COMMUNICATION ENGINEERING,Vol. 5, No. 4, 01 April 2016 (2016-04-01), page 1012-1016,
XP055466047
13-20
the whole document
(6)
X
PRAJAPATI HITANSHI P ET AL, "Imaging of crop canopies for the remote diagnosis and quantification of field responses", 2017 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INVENTIVE SYSTEMS AND CONTROL (ICISC), IEEE,19 January 2017 (2017-01-19), page 1-5,
XP033165774
13-17,20
Y
the whole document
13-20
(7)
X
GONZALEZ-DE-SOTO MARIANO ET AL, "Autonomous systems for precise spraying - Evaluation of a robotised patch sprayer", BIOSYSTEMS ENGINEERING, ACADEMIC PRESS, UK,Vol. 146, 13 January 2016 (2016-01-13), page 165-182,
XP029597693
13-17,20
Y
page 170, column 1, line 25 - line 26
13-20
page 171, column 2, line 6 - line 9
figures 1-3
(8)
Y
US 2017231213 A1 (GORDON MICHAEL S [US] ET AL) 17 August 2017 (2017-08-17)
13-20
paragraphs [0071], [0072]
figures 2, 5
claims 1, 2
(9)
X
EP 2687088 A1 (NIPPON SODA CO [JP]) 22 January 2014 (2014-01-22)
7-12
Y
example 5
1-12
(10)
T
Anonymous, "PMC Kemstrene Glycerin, PMC Biogenix - ChemPoint", U.S.A. 01 January 2018 (2018-01-01), page 1-4,
Retrieved from the Internet:
URL:https://www.chempoint.com/products/catalog/pmc-biogenix/pmc-fatty-acids/pmc-kemstrene-glycerin
XP055486459
[retrieved on  2018-06-21]
product description
(11)
DATABASE WPI Thomson Scientific, London, GB; Vol. 2015, No. 65, AN 2015-34276G
XP002782277
Y
& CN 104488859  A  (JINGBO AGROCHEMICALS CO LTD) 08 April 2015 (2015-04-08)
1-12
abstract
paragraph [0039]
embodiments 1-6
(12)
Y
CHEN FU-LIANG ET AL, "Preparation of Abamectin Microemulsion Using Organosilicon Co-formulant", BIOSIS December 2009 (2009-12), Database accession no. PREV201000142669
Retrieved from the Internet:
URL:BIOSCIENCES INFORMATION SERVICE, PHILADELPHIA, PA, US
XP002782280
1-12
abstract
& NONGYAOXUE XUEBAO (CHINESE JOURNAL OF PESTICIDE SCIENCE),Vol. 11, No. 4, December 2009 (2009-12), page 480-486,
(13)
DATABASE WPI Thomson Scientific, London, GB; Vol. 2016, No. 41, AN 2016-01978K
XP002782297
Y
& CN 105145635  A  (SHANDONG TANGPULE CROP SCI CO LTD) 16 December 2015 (2015-12-16)
1-12
abstract
embodiments 16
(14)
Y
Jinxia L Sun, "CHARACTERIZATION OF ORGANOSILICONE SURFACTANTS AND THEIR EFFECTS ON SULFONYLUREA HERBICIDE ACTIVITY", U.S.A. 05 April 1996 (1996-04-05), page 1-133,
Retrieved from the Internet:
URL:http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.411.5566&rep=rep1&type=pdf
XP055486697
[retrieved on  2018-06-21]
1-12
chapters 5 and 6
(15)
DATABASE WPI Thomson Scientific, London, GB; Vol. 2014, No. 34, AN 2014-J50002
XP002782315
Y
& CN 103651552  A  (GUANGXI IDYLLIC BIOCHEMISTRY CO LTD) 26 March 2014 (2014-03-26)
1-12
abstract
examples 1-23
(16)
Y
DE 2364892 A1 (HOECHST AG) 14 August 1975 (1975-08-14)
1-12
claim 1
(17)
Y
EP 0160182 A2 (AMERICAN CYANAMID CO [US]) 06 November 1985 (1985-11-06)
1-12
claims 9, 10
(18)
DATABASE WPI Thomson Scientific, London, GB; Vol. 2017, No. 45, AN 2017-35804T
XP002782278
Y
& CN 106689122  A  (BEIJING GRAND AGROCHEM CO LTD) 24 May 2017 (2017-05-24)
1-12
abstract
embodiments 2, 3
*
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)
CN 103523224 A
22 January 2014
NONE
CN 106956778 A
18 July 2017
NONE
US 2017231213 A1
17 August 2017
NONE
EP 2687088 A1
22 January 2014
AU 2012232298 A1
BR 112013023326 A2
CA 2831776 A1
CN 103429077 A
CN 105900997 A
EP 2687088 A1
ES 2688163 T3
HU E040357 T2
IL 228349 A
JP 5805179 B2
JP WO2012128135 A1
KR 20130121979 A
KR 20160004397 A
MX 359311 B
MY 166384 A
PT 2687088 T
RU 2013141925 A
US 2014005229 A1
WO 2012128135 A1
26 September 2013
26 July 2016
27 September 2012
04 December 2013
31 August 2016
22 January 2014
31 October 2018
28 March 2019
31 October 2017
04 November 2015
24 July 2014
06 November 2013
12 January 2016
24 September 2018
25 June 2018
22 October 2018
20 March 2015
02 January 2014
27 September 2012
CN 104488859 A
08 April 2015
NONE
CN 105145635 A
16 December 2015
NONE
CN 103651552 A
26 March 2014
NONE
DE 2364892 A1
14 August 1975
AR 209092 A1
AU 7676674 A
BE 824003 A
BG 24400 A3
CA 1034041 A
CH 608688 A5
CY 935 A
DE 2364892 A1
EG 11679 A
FR 2255851 A1
GB 1470870 A
IL 46323 A
IT 1028085 B
JP S5095426 A
JP S5817725 B2
KE 2790 A
MW 5274 A1
MX 3897 E
MY 7800116 A
NL 7416784 A
OA 04874 A
SU 577939 A3
TR 20122 A
US RE30740 E
US 3952102 A
ZA 748210 B
ZM 17574 A1
31 March 1977
24 June 1976
30 June 1975
10 February 1978
04 July 1978
31 January 1979
23 June 1978
14 August 1975
30 November 1977
25 July 1975
21 April 1977
31 January 1978
30 January 1979
29 July 1975
09 April 1983
09 December 1977
10 September 1975
10 September 1981
31 December 1978
01 July 1975
31 October 1980
25 October 1977
19 September 1980
08 September 1981
20 April 1976
28 January 1976
22 September 1975
EP 0160182 A2
06 November 1985
AT 86067 T
AU 4084985 A
EP 0160182 A2
IE 850862 L
JP H0729888 B2
JP S60231604 A
NZ 211642 A
US 4904695 A
ZA 852578 B
15 March 1993
17 October 1985
06 November 1985
09 October 1985
05 April 1995
18 November 1985
27 November 1987
27 February 1990
27 November 1985
CN 106689122 A
24 May 2017
NONE
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 August 2020
Date of mailing of the international search report:
25 August 2020
Authorized officer:
Habermann, Jörg
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