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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/IB2015/059150 15DC12E
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
26 November 2015 01 December 2014
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
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.     1b    
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.


     F17C 5/06 (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.
EP 0728537 A1 (MITSUBISHI HEAVY IND LTD [JP]) 28 August 1996 (1996-08-28)
column 4 - column 7; figures 1-9
FR 2766473 A1 (SIDEL SA [FR]) 29 January 1999 (1999-01-29)
pages 7-19; figures 2-7
JP H0369508 A (MITSUBISHI HEAVY IND LTD) 25 March 1991 (1991-03-25)
the whole document
Special categories of cited documents:
document defining the general state of the art which is not considered to be of particular relevance
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
EP 0728537 A1
28 August 1996
CA 2167027 A1
DE 69610231 D1
DE 69610231 T2
EP 0728537 A1
JP 3207699 B2
JP H08230772 A
NO 960668 A
US 5820300 A
22 August 1996
19 October 2000
29 March 2001
28 August 1996
10 September 2001
10 September 1996
22 August 1996
13 October 1998
FR 2766473 A1
29 January 1999
AT 229473 T
AU 747687 B2
AU 8812898 A
BR 9811520 A
CA 2297267 A1
CN 1265079 A
DE 69810116 D1
DE 69810116 T2
EP 0998424 A1
ES 2189221 T3
FR 2766473 A1
JP 3361797 B2
JP 2001510768 A
US 6220310 B1
WO 9905061 A1
15 December 2002
16 May 2002
16 February 1999
27 September 2005
04 February 1999
30 August 2000
23 January 2003
11 September 2003
10 May 2000
01 July 2003
29 January 1999
07 January 2003
07 August 2001
24 April 2001
04 February 1999
JP H0369508 A
25 March 1991
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:
11 April 2016
Date of mailing of the international search report:
19 April 2016
Authorized officer:
Nicol, Boris
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