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1. WO2020157467 - ÉQUIPEMENT ET PROCÉDÉS POUR L'ASSEMBLAGE AUTOMATISÉ DE DISPOSITIFS D'INHALATION ET ÉLÉMENTS ASSOCIÉS


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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/GB2020/050145 IMG89151PCT1
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
22 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, 2
a mouthpiece delivery system and a mouthpiece assembly station for an inhalation device.
2. claims: 3, 4, 10-16
a dosing station and a process for dosing particulate material.
3. claims: 5, 6
a further assembly station.
4. claims: 7-9
a packing station and a packing delivery system to deliver packing material.
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.     1    
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 65/00 (2006.01)i; B65B 7/28 (2006.01)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
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
US 2015289565 A1 (CADIEUX EDMOND J [US] ET AL) 15 October 2015 (2015-10-15)
1,2,5-7
Y
paragraph [0115] - paragraph [0165]
3,4,8,9,15
paragraph [0065] - paragraph [0165]
(2)
X
US 2015291301 A1 (CADIEUX EDMOND J [US] ET AL) 15 October 2015 (2015-10-15)
1,2
paragraph [0032] - paragraph [0081]
(3)
X
WO 2019003127 A2 (GD SPA [IT]) 03 January 2019 (2019-01-03)
10
Y
page 2, line 24 - page 9, line 10
11-15
(4)
X
WO 2016156500 A1 (BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO LTD [GB]) 06 October 2016 (2016-10-06)
16
page 23, line 14 - line 15
(5)
Y
US 2017121169 A1 (DAILEY COLLIN C [US] ET AL) 04 May 2017 (2017-05-04)
3,4,11-15
paragraph [0014] - paragraph [0095]
(6)
Y
WO 2017051350 A2 (G D SOCIETÀ PER AZIONI [IT]) 30 March 2017 (2017-03-30)
8,9
page 9, line 18 - page 23, line 10
*
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)
US 2015289565 A1
15 October 2015
CN 106535678 A
EA 201692055 A1
EP 3131424 A2
US 2015289565 A1
WO 2015186000 A2
22 March 2017
31 May 2017
22 February 2017
15 October 2015
10 December 2015
US 2015291301 A1
15 October 2015
CN 106535669 A
EA 201692054 A1
EP 3131423 A1
US 2015291301 A1
US 2018134436 A1
WO 2015160809 A1
ZA 201606944 B
22 March 2017
31 May 2017
22 February 2017
15 October 2015
17 May 2018
22 October 2015
30 January 2019
WO 2019003127 A2
03 January 2019
EP 3645405 A2
US 2020107580 A1
WO 2019003127 A2
06 May 2020
09 April 2020
03 January 2019
WO 2016156500 A1
06 October 2016
NONE
US 2017121169 A1
04 May 2017
NONE
WO 2017051350 A2
30 March 2017
CN 108025817 A
EP 3353059 A2
EP 3536618 A2
JP 2018529590 A
KR 20180059505 A
PL 3353059 T3
US 2019071198 A1
WO 2017051350 A2
11 May 2018
01 August 2018
11 September 2019
11 October 2018
04 June 2018
18 May 2020
07 March 2019
30 March 2017
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:
15 July 2020
Date of mailing of the international search report:
27 July 2020
Authorized officer:
Yazici, Baris
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