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1. WO2020162990 - VARIATION DE PARAMÈTRES DE STIMULATION PERMETTANT D'EMPÊCHER TOUTE HABITUDE DES TISSUS DANS UN SYSTÈME DE STIMULATION DE LA MOELLE ÉPINIÈRE


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INTERNATIONAL SEARCH REPORT (ART17.2)
International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/US2019/057012 585-0331WO
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year) Date of mailing (day/month/year)
18 October 2019 08 February 2019 10 February 2020
International Patent Classification (IPC) or both national classification and IPC
     A61N 1/05 (2006.01)i; A61N 1/36 (2006.01)i; A61N 1/372 (2006.01)i
Applicant
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC NEUROMODULATION CORPORATION
IMPORTANT DECLARATION
This International Searching Authority hereby declares, according to Article 17(2)(a), that no international search report will be established on the international application for the reasons indicated below.
1.
The subject matter of the international application relates to:
a.
scientific theories
b.
mathematical theories
c.
plant varieties
d.
animal varieties
e.
essentially biological processes for the production of plants and animals, other than microbiological processes and the products of such processes
f.
schemes, rules or methods of doing business
g.
schemes, rules or methods of performing purely mental acts
h.
schemes, rules or methods of playing games
i.
methods for treatment of the human body by surgery or therapy
j.
methods for treatment of the animal body by surgery or therapy
k.
diagnostic methods practised on the human or animal body
l.
mere presentations of information
m.
computer programs for which this International Searching Authority is not equipped to search prior art
2.
The failure of the following parts of the international application to comply with prescribed requirements prevents a meaningful search from being carried out:
 the description  the claims  the drawings
3.
A meaningful search could not be carried out without the sequence listing; the applicant did not, within the prescribed time limit:
furnish a sequence listing in the form of an Annex C/ST.25 text file, and such listing was not available to the International Searching Authority in a form and manner acceptable to it; or the sequence listing furnished did not comply with the standard provided for in Annex C of the Administrative Instructions.
furnish a sequence listing on paper or in the form of an image file complying with the standard provided for in Annex C of the Administrative Instructions, and such listing was not available to the International Searching Authority in a form and manner acceptable to it; or the sequence listing furnished did not comply with the standard provided for in Annex C of the Administrative Instructions.
pay the required late furnishing fee for the furnishing of a sequence listing in response to an invitation under Rule 13ter.1(a) or (b).
4. Further comments:
Independent claims 1, 16, and therefore, dependent claims 2-14, 17-30, refer to  therapeutical methods due to the fact that instructions are executed at a stimulation device, which imply that stimulation pulses with a certain amplitude, pulse width and frequency are applied to a patient by means of one or more electrodes in an electrode array. Moreover, it is stated that "instructions vary over time", which implies that a certain feedback is provided during such a stimulation.
According to Rule 39.1(iv) PCT such therapeutical methods shall not be regarded as inventions which are susceptible of industrial application within the meaning of Article 17(2)(a)(i) PCT.
 
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.
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European Patent Office
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Authorized officer:
Pereda Cubián, David