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1. WO2020157461 - PROCÉDÉ ET APPAREIL DE FABRICATION D'UNE UNITÉ CONSOMMABLE POUR UN DISPOSITIF D'INHALATION, ET UNITÉ CONSOMMABLE POUR UN DISPOSITIF D'INHALATION


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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/GB2020/050124 IMG88725PCT1
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
21 January 2020 29 January 2019
Applicant
BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (INVESTMENTS) LIMITED
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: 1-11, 15-25, 31, 32
a method and apparatus for manufacturing a consumable unit for use with an inhalation device wherein the method is performed in plurality of containers simultaneously.
2. claims: 12-14, 26-30, 33-41
a closure which comprises a mesh and a container which comprises a plurality of stakes and the method for securing the closure.
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.     6a    
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

     B65B 7/28 (2006.01)i; A24F 40/42 (2020.01)i; A24F 40/70 (2020.01)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):
     B65B; A24F
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

C. DOCUMENTS CONSIDERED TO BE RELEVANT

Category* Citation of document, with indication, where appropriate, of the relevant passages Relevant to claim No.
(1)
X
EP 0257230 A2 (BOSCH GMBH ROBERT [DE]) 02 March 1988 (1988-03-02)
1-11,15-25,31,32
Y
A
column 2, line 43 - column 10, line 46
12,14,26-30
13,35
(2)
X
WO 2018069328 A1 (GIMA TT S P A [IT]) 19 April 2018 (2018-04-19)
1-5,15,31,32
page 4, line 26 - page 17, line 16
(3)
X,P
WO 2020008008 A1 (PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS SA [CH]) 09 January 2020 (2020-01-09)
33,34,36-41
A,P
page 27, line 5 - page 38, line 21
13,35
(4)
Y
WO 2018210681 A2 (BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO INVESTMENTS LTD [GB]) 22 November 2018 (2018-11-22)
12,14,26-29
figures 4a-4e
page 12, line 6 - page 15, line 31
(5)
Y
WO 2018019486 A1 (PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS SA [CH]) 01 February 2018 (2018-02-01)
30
page 8, paragraph 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)
EP 0257230 A2
02 March 1988
AU 585726 B2
BR 8704021 A
CA 1288399 C
DE 3626734 A1
EP 0257230 A2
JP S6344493 A
KR 880002583 A
US 4782644 A
ZA 875357 B
22 June 1989
05 April 1988
03 September 1991
11 February 1988
02 March 1988
25 February 1988
10 May 1988
08 November 1988
05 February 1988
WO 2018069328 A1
19 April 2018
CN 110139803 A
EP 3523207 A1
WO 2018069328 A1
16 August 2019
14 August 2019
19 April 2018
WO 2020008008 A1
09 January 2020
NONE
WO 2018210681 A2
22 November 2018
AR 111796 A1
AU 2018267919 A1
BR 112019024156 A2
CA 3062987 A1
CN 110650641 A
EP 3624619 A2
JP 2020519276 A
KR 20190134789 A
TW 201900042 A
WO 2018210681 A2
21 August 2019
14 November 2019
02 June 2020
22 November 2018
03 January 2020
25 March 2020
02 July 2020
04 December 2019
01 January 2019
22 November 2018
WO 2018019486 A1
01 February 2018
CA 3026977 A1
CN 109414077 A
EP 3487323 A1
JP 2019526239 A
KR 20190033519 A
WO 2018019486 A1
01 February 2018
01 March 2019
29 May 2019
19 September 2019
29 March 2019
01 February 2018
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:
09 July 2020
Date of mailing of the international search report:
24 July 2020
Authorized officer:
Yazici, Baris
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