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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/GB2020/050204 PE959541WO
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
29 January 2020 29 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.: 29-33
because they relate to subject matter not required to be searched by this Authority, namely:
Rule 39.1(iv)  PCT - Method for treatment of the human or animal body by therapy and surgery
Claims Nos.:
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:
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
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.     2B    
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 18/18 (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 2017011092 A1 (SYMPLE SURGICAL INC [US]) 19 January 2017 (2017-01-19)
paragraphs [0025], [0029], [0034], [0035], [0129], [0196], [0197]; claims 42, 48; figure 8c
US 2012232544 A1 (WILLYARD RICHARD A [US] ET AL) 13 September 2012 (2012-09-13)
paragraphs [0031], [0032], [0034], [0041], [0050], [0052], [0060], [0063], [0073] - [0076], [0086], [0101]; claims 1-6
US 2005015081 A1 (TUROVSKIY ROMAN [US] ET AL) 20 January 2005 (2005-01-20)
paragraphs [0007], [0058], [0060], [0070], [0101] - [0103]; figure 25
US 2012165812 A1 (CHRISTIAN STEVEN C [US]) 28 June 2012 (2012-06-28)
paragraphs [0006], [0012] - [0018], [0070], [0078], [0082] - [0084], [0090] - [0094], [0107]; figures 8,18
US 2016302865 A1 (ARTS GENE H [US] ET AL) 20 October 2016 (2016-10-20)
paragraphs [0050], [0051], [0096], [0107]; figure 1B
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
WO 2017011092 A1
19 January 2017
US 2012232544 A1
13 September 2012
US 2012232544 A1
US 2019321098 A1
13 September 2012
24 October 2019
US 2005015081 A1
20 January 2005
AU 2004260453 A1
AU 2010201894 A1
CA 2532979 A1
EP 1659969 A2
EP 2295000 A1
JP 4630278 B2
JP 5183676 B2
JP 2007532024 A
JP 2010240457 A
JP 2010252367 A
US 2005015081 A1
US 2005149010 A1
US 2008135217 A1
US 2016038233 A1
US 2016228185 A1
US 2017035504 A1
US 2017035505 A1
US 2018071022 A1
WO 2005011049 A2
03 February 2005
03 June 2010
03 February 2005
31 May 2006
16 March 2011
09 February 2011
17 April 2013
08 November 2007
28 October 2010
04 November 2010
20 January 2005
07 July 2005
12 June 2008
11 February 2016
11 August 2016
09 February 2017
09 February 2017
15 March 2018
03 February 2005
US 2012165812 A1
28 June 2012
EP 2713924 A1
US 2012165812 A1
US 2018206911 A1
WO 2012166216 A1
09 April 2014
28 June 2012
26 July 2018
06 December 2012
US 2016302865 A1
20 October 2016
AU 2013206097 A1
CN 103505289 A
CN 203354646 U
EP 2679188 A1
US 2013345553 A1
US 2015289845 A1
US 2016302865 A1
16 January 2014
15 January 2014
25 December 2013
01 January 2014
26 December 2013
15 October 2015
20 October 2016
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:
21 April 2020
Date of mailing of the international search report:
30 April 2020
Authorized officer:
Link, Tatiana
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