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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/EP2016/065402 P/73017.WO01
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
30 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 smoking article (10) comprises a tobacco rod (11) and a filter (12) in axial alignment with the tobacco rod (11). Tipping wrapper (16) circumscribes at least a portion of the filter (12) and at least a portion of the tobacco rod (11) to secure the filter (12) in axial alignment with the tobacco rod (11). The filter (12) comprises a hollow tubular element (13) at the upstream end of the filter (12) adjacent to the tobacco rod (11) and a first segment of filtration material (15) downstream from and adjacent to the hollow tubular element (13). The tipping wrapper (16) comprises a line of weakness (17) disposed at, or within 5 millimetres upstream of, the interface between the hollow tubular element (13) and the tobacco rod (11). The tobacco rod (11), the first segment of filtration material (15) and the inner surface of the hollow tubular element (13) together define a cavity (14). The cavity (14) is designed to receive the lit end of the smoking article (10) and any unburnt tobacco material when the consumer chooses to extinguish the smoking article (10).

6. Drawings
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.
none of the figures is to be published with the abstract.


     A24D 3/04 (2006.01)i; A24D 1/02 (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):
     A24D; A24C
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.
US 2004261807 A1 (DUBE MICHAEL FRANCIS [US] ET AL) 30 December 2004 (2004-12-30)
figure 4
paragraph [0011] - paragraph [0015]
paragraph [0036] - paragraph [0037]
paragraph [0046]
paragraph [0052] - paragraph [0056]
paragraph [0059]
WO 2009007258 A1 (BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO CO [GB]; KALJURA KARL [GB]) 15 January 2009 (2009-01-15)
page 5, line 25 - page 6, line 11
WO 2014158051 A1 (PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS SA [CH]) 02 October 2014 (2014-10-02)
figure 1
page 2, line 34 - line 36
page 5, line 6 - line 23
page 7, line 1 - line 3
page 7, line 24 - line 34
page 8, line 8 - line 17
EP 0370335 A2 (REYNOLDS TOBACCO CO R [US]) 30 May 1990 (1990-05-30)
figure 1
column 7, line 45 - column 8, line 18
column 9, line 5 - line 28
US 4776354 A (NORMAN ALAN B [US] ET AL) 11 October 1988 (1988-10-11)
figure 4
column 3, line 51 - line 63
column 4, line 59 - line 64
FR 2497636 A1 (CIGARETTE COMPONENTS LTD [GB]) 16 July 1982 (1982-07-16)
figure 1
page 4, line 19 - page 5, line 7
page 6, line 1 - line 10
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
US 2004261807 A1
30 December 2004
EP 1638420 A2
EP 2614730 A1
JP 4764819 B2
JP 2007520204 A
US 2004261807 A1
US 2006272663 A1
US 2011023896 A1
US 2011232658 A1
WO 2005000044 A2
29 March 2006
17 July 2013
07 September 2011
26 July 2007
30 December 2004
07 December 2006
03 February 2011
29 September 2011
06 January 2005
WO 2009007258 A1
15 January 2009
AR 067518 A1
TW 200932131 A
WO 2009007258 A1
14 October 2009
01 August 2009
15 January 2009
WO 2014158051 A1
02 October 2014
EP 0370335 A2
30 May 1990
EP 0370335 A2
JP H02190173 A
US 4920990 A
30 May 1990
26 July 1990
01 May 1990
US 4776354 A
11 October 1988
FR 2497636 A1
16 July 1982
BE 891728 A1
CH 649199 A5
DE 3201101 A1
ES 262976 U
FR 2497636 A1
HK 87289 A
IT 1149414 B
NL 8200141 A
NO 820100 A
SE 453555 B
SE 8200179 L
08 July 1982
15 May 1985
07 October 1982
01 November 1982
16 July 1982
10 November 1989
03 December 1986
02 August 1982
16 July 1982
15 February 1988
16 July 1982
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:
26 September 2016
Date of mailing of the international search report:
10 October 2016
Authorized officer:
Engel, Katrin
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