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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/EP2016/064540 LPBELL0001PC
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
23 June 2016 30 June 2015
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.

A modular device for wireless communication between a transmitter and a receiver, the latter being mounted on a fastener to be worn by an animal/a human being or to be in contact therewith, comprising a string of individual separate elements or modules (210, 310), each containing at least either the PCB (213, 313), the battery (214, 314) or one or more contact points (220, 320) of same polarity respectively, said separate individual elements (210, 310) being attached to one another thanks to at least two substantially parallel flexible tubes (31, 32; 331, 332) containing said wires, so that the specific location of the modules (220, 320) containing the contact points and the order or sequence thereof in the string define an extension length for the contact points.

6. Drawings
The figure of the drawings to be published with the abstract is Figure No.     6    
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.


     A01K 15/02 (2006.01)i; A01K 27/00 (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.
DE 202004011942 U1 (TECHNOLOGY SWISS GMBH FREIENBA [CH]) 23 December 2004 (2004-12-23)
cited in the application
paragraph [0008] - paragraph [0018]; figure 2
US 8783212 B2 (BELLON BART [US] ET AL) 22 July 2014 (2014-07-22)
cited in the application
figures 4,7-11B
US 2012252486 A1 (LOPEZ DAVID [US] ET AL) 04 October 2012 (2012-10-04)
page 3 - page 5; figures 1,2,4
US 2014261235 A1 (RICH CHRISTOPHER [US] ET AL) 18 September 2014 (2014-09-18)
page 3; figures 8A-10
US 2007204803 A1 (RAMSAY SHELDON C [US]) 06 September 2007 (2007-09-06)
figure 3
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
DE 202004011942 U1
23 December 2004
US 8783212 B2
22 July 2014
US 2013233252 A1
WO 2013133918 A1
12 September 2013
12 September 2013
US 2012252486 A1
04 October 2012
US 2014261235 A1
18 September 2014
EP 2973471 A1
US 2014261235 A1
WO 2014151064 A1
20 January 2016
18 September 2014
25 September 2014
US 2007204803 A1
06 September 2007
CN 101594775 A
EP 1991048 A2
JP 2009536472 A
US 2007204803 A1
WO 2007103301 A2
02 December 2009
19 November 2008
08 October 2009
06 September 2007
13 September 2007
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:
09 September 2016
Date of mailing of the international search report:
19 September 2016
Authorized officer:
Moeremans, Benoit
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