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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/IB2020/050707 MED6003WOPCT1
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
29 January 2020 30 January 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
This international search report has not been established in respect of certain claims under Article 17(2)(a) for the following reasons:
Claims Nos.:
because they relate to subject matter not required to be searched by this Authority, namely:
Claims Nos.: 16-20
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:
Rule 39.1(iv)  PCT - Method for treatment of the human or animal body by surgery
The applicant's attention is drawn to the fact that claims relating to inventions in respect of which no international search report has been established need not be the subject of an international preliminary examination (Rule 66.1(e) PCT). The applicant is advised that the EPO policy when acting as an International Preliminary Examining Authority is normally not to carry out a preliminary examination on matter which has not been searched. This is the case irrespective of whether or not the claims are amended following receipt of the search report or during any Chapter II procedure. If the application proceeds into the regional phase before the EPO, the applicant is reminded that a search may be carried out during examination before the EPO (see EPO Guidelines C-IV, 7.2), should the problems which led to the Article 17(2) declaration be overcome.
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: 1-6
a spinal fixation system comprising a receiver coupled to a hook and a cable attachable to the receiver.
2. claims: 7-15
a spinal fixation comprising a receiver and a hook portion movable between an open position and a closed position
As all required additional search fees were timely paid by the applicant, this international search report covers all searchable claims.
As all searchable claims could be searched without effort justifying additional fees, this Authority did not invite payment of additional fees.
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.:
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
The figure of the drawings to be published with the abstract is Figure No.     1A,3A    
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 17/70 (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.
US 2013072983 A1 (LINDQUIST STUART [US] ET AL) 21 March 2013 (2013-03-21)
paragraphs [0106] - [0109]; figures 27a,27b,31a, 31b
US 2007288013 A1 (SANDERS MARC [NL]) 13 December 2007 (2007-12-13)
paragraphs [0062] - [0072]; figures 1,2
US 6589243 B1 (VIART GUY [FR] ET AL) 08 July 2003 (2003-07-08)
the whole document
US 6514255 B1 (FERREE BRET [US]) 04 February 2003 (2003-02-04)
column 2, line 48 - column 3, line 35; figures 1-4
US 2004111091 A1 (OGILVIE JAMES [US] ET AL) 10 June 2004 (2004-06-10)
paragraphs [0040] - [0054]; figures 1,5-20,24,25
US 2013231704 A1 (LARROQUE-LAHITETTE GILLES [FR]) 05 September 2013 (2013-09-05)
paragraphs [0049] - [0076]; figures 1-6
US 2003045876 A1 (STAHURSKI TERRANCE [US]) 06 March 2003 (2003-03-06)
the whole document
US 2012215268 A1 (STAHURSKI TERRENCE [US] ET AL) 23 August 2012 (2012-08-23)
paragraphs [0016] - [0028]; figures 1-8
US 6126660 A (DIETZ JOHN W [US]) 03 October 2000 (2000-10-03)
abstract; figures 1-8
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 2013072983 A1
21 March 2013
AU 2012308347 A1
EP 2755582 A1
US 2013072983 A1
US 2015351817 A1
US 2016175014 A1
US 2017348025 A1
WO 2013040456 A1
10 April 2014
23 July 2014
21 March 2013
10 December 2015
23 June 2016
07 December 2017
21 March 2013
US 2007288013 A1
13 December 2007
EP 1864620 A2
US 2007288013 A1
12 December 2007
13 December 2007
US 6589243 B1
08 July 2003
AT 263515 T
AU 5522899 A
DE 69916294 T2
EP 1113758 A1
ES 2219054 T3
FR 2783411 A1
JP 2003517851 A
US 6589243 B1
WO 0016710 A1
15 April 2004
10 April 2000
04 May 2005
11 July 2001
16 November 2004
24 March 2000
03 June 2003
08 July 2003
30 March 2000
US 6514255 B1
04 February 2003
US 2004111091 A1
10 June 2004
AU 2003233587 A1
CA 2486536 A1
EP 1509148 A2
JP 4350647 B2
JP 2005525908 A
US 2004111091 A1
WO 03099148 A2
12 December 2003
04 December 2003
02 March 2005
21 October 2009
02 September 2005
10 June 2004
04 December 2003
US 2013231704 A1
05 September 2013
CN 203468718 U
EP 2471476 A1
EP 2637583 A1
US 2013231704 A1
WO 2012062879 A1
12 March 2014
04 July 2012
18 September 2013
05 September 2013
18 May 2012
US 2003045876 A1
06 March 2003
US 2012215268 A1
23 August 2012
AU 2010314910 A1
EP 2498696 A1
US 2012215268 A1
WO 2011057227 A1
31 May 2012
19 September 2012
23 August 2012
12 May 2011
US 6126660 A
03 October 2000
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 July 2020
Date of mailing of the international search report:
31 July 2020
Authorized officer:
Cesari, Aude
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