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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/US2017/048898 128196-22820
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
28 August 2017 30 August 2016
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.     12A    
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.


     A61M 1/00 (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):
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 2009149250 A1 (KCI LICENSING INC [US]; LOCKE CHRISTOPHER BRIAN [GB]; TOUT AIDAN MARCU) 10 December 2009 (2009-12-10)
paragraphs [0046] - [0048]; figures 1, 2B
WO 2012116100 A1 (SOUND SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC [US]; SCHAFER MARK E [US]; SIEBRECHT W) 30 August 2012 (2012-08-30)
paragraphs [0047] - [0051]; figures 1,2,7
US 2014363891 A1 (LLULL RAMON [ES] ET AL) 11 December 2014 (2014-12-11)
paragraph [0032]; figures 1, 15
US 2013324966 A1 (PARK JASON [US] ET AL) 05 December 2013 (2013-12-05)
paragraphs [0030] - [0034]; figures 2,3
US 8366694 B1 (JORDAN DONNELL MARK [US]) 05 February 2013 (2013-02-05)
the whole document
WO 2008137234 A1 (SHIPPERT MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES [US]; SHIPPERT RONALD D [US]) 13 November 2008 (2008-11-13)
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
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 2009149250 A1
10 December 2009
AU 2009256128 A1
BR PI0909904 A2
CA 2726995 A1
CA 2984749 A1
CN 102065919 A
CN 104383613 A
EP 2280744 A1
HK 1155410 A1
JP 5607702 B2
JP 5963275 B2
JP 2011524191 A
JP 2013059638 A
JP 2014237047 A
JP 2016190061 A
KR 20110018411 A
RU 2010146768 A
TW 201000161 A
US 2009306630 A1
WO 2009149250 A1
10 December 2009
06 October 2015
10 December 2009
10 December 2009
18 May 2011
04 March 2015
09 February 2011
23 October 2015
15 October 2014
03 August 2016
01 September 2011
04 April 2013
18 December 2014
10 November 2016
23 February 2011
20 July 2012
01 January 2010
10 December 2009
10 December 2009
WO 2012116100 A1
30 August 2012
US 2012271254 A1
WO 2012116100 A1
25 October 2012
30 August 2012
US 2014363891 A1
11 December 2014
US 2014363891 A1
US 2016008407 A1
11 December 2014
14 January 2016
US 2013324966 A1
05 December 2013
AU 2013267772 A1
AU 2017203362 A1
CA 2875363 A1
EP 2854892 A1
US 2013324966 A1
US 2016144086 A1
WO 2013180952 A1
04 December 2014
08 June 2017
05 December 2013
08 April 2015
05 December 2013
26 May 2016
05 December 2013
US 8366694 B1
05 February 2013
WO 2008137234 A1
13 November 2008
US 2008154240 A1
WO 2008137234 A1
26 June 2008
13 November 2008
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:
22 November 2017
Date of mailing of the international search report:
06 December 2017
Authorized officer:
Westsson, David
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