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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/IB2016/053892 AA1025Q-MN
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
29 June 2016 29 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.

The present invention provides an electric toothbrush providing oral cavity position detection during operation comprising: a handle body (11) having a longitudinal axis; a receiver body (13) extending from the handle body (11) along said longitudinal axis, wherein the receiver body (13) has: (i) an engaging portion (15) distal the handle body (11) and configured to removably engage a replaceable toothbrush head (99); and (ii) a base portion (17) opposing the engaging portion (15), wherein the base portion (17) adjoins the handle body (11); an electric motor contained in the handle body (11); a drive shaft (19), operatively connected to the electric motor, extending along the longitudinal axis from the motor and at least partially into the receiver body (13); wherein the receiver body (13) is elastically deformable relative to said longitudinal axis; and a 3-axis force sensor (23), is operatively connected to the base portion (17), configured to obtain 3-axis force data for oral cavity position detection during operation.

6. Drawings
The figure of the drawings to be published with the abstract is Figure No.     3    
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.


     A46B 15/00 (2006.01)i; A61C 17/22 (2006.01)i; A61B 5/053 (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):
     A46B; A61C; A61B
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 2014065588 A1 (JACOBSON DOV [US] ET AL) 06 March 2014 (2014-03-06)
paragraphs [0036] - [0046]
figures 1, 2, 3B
WO 2007112112 A1 (UMAGINATION LABS [US]; PARK SUNG K [US]; DAYTON DOUGLAS C [US]) 04 October 2007 (2007-10-04)
page 16, paragraph 3 - page 17, paragraph 2
page 12, paragraph 2
figure 4
US 2012266397 A1 (IWAHORI TOSHIYUKI [JP]) 25 October 2012 (2012-10-25)
cited in the application
paragraphs [0011], [0014], [0076], [0077], [0078], [0082] - [0088]
figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 27
US 8393037 B2 (IWAHORI TOSHIYUKI [JP] ET AL) 12 March 2013 (2013-03-12)
cited in the application
column 15, line 27 - column 16, line 58
figures 1-3, 9, 10, 23, 24
FR 2832298 A1 (AUDIANS [FR]) 23 May 2003 (2003-05-23)
page 7, lines 20-29
page 8, lines 7-16
page 10, lines 22-27
figures 1-3
WO 2011073010 A1 (UNILEVER PLC [GB]; UNILEVER NV [NL]; UNILEVER HINDUSTAN [IN]; BATES SU) 23 June 2011 (2011-06-23)
page 7, line 13 - page 8, line 31
page 11, lines 1-10
figure 6
US 4716614 A (JONES ARTHUR R [CA] ET AL) 05 January 1988 (1988-01-05)
column 3, lines 22-38
column 5, lines 48-51
figures 1-4, 8
US 6536068 B1 (YANG ANDY [US] ET AL) 25 March 2003 (2003-03-25)
column 5, lines 28-52; figures 1, 1A
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 2014065588 A1
06 March 2014
US 2014065588 A1
WO 2014036423 A1
06 March 2014
06 March 2014
WO 2007112112 A1
04 October 2007
CA 2647749 A1
EP 1998863 A1
JP 2009530043 A
US 2007270221 A1
WO 2007112112 A1
04 October 2007
10 December 2008
27 August 2009
22 November 2007
04 October 2007
US 2012266397 A1
25 October 2012
CN 102695472 A
EP 2522303 A1
JP 5482209 B2
JP 2011139844 A
US 2012266397 A1
WO 2011083793 A1
26 September 2012
14 November 2012
07 May 2014
21 July 2011
25 October 2012
14 July 2011
US 8393037 B2
12 March 2013
CN 101969879 A
DE 112009000546 T5
JP 5359210 B2
JP 2009240760 A
US 2011010876 A1
WO 2009113492 A1
09 February 2011
27 January 2011
04 December 2013
22 October 2009
20 January 2011
17 September 2009
FR 2832298 A1
23 May 2003
WO 2011073010 A1
23 June 2011
BR 112012014418 A2
CN 102711555 A
EP 2512290 A1
US 2012310593 A1
WO 2011073010 A1
ZA 201204305 B
07 June 2016
03 October 2012
24 October 2012
06 December 2012
23 June 2011
28 August 2013
US 4716614 A
05 January 1988
JP S62109081 A
US 4716614 A
20 May 1987
05 January 1988
US 6536068 B1
25 March 2003
AT 332656 T
AU 2105201 A
BR 0016799 A
CN 1514695 A
DE 60029345 T2
EP 1244373 A1
EP 1698252 A2
EP 2275001 A2
EP 2275002 A2
US 6536068 B1
WO 0147392 A1
15 August 2006
09 July 2001
24 September 2002
21 July 2004
28 June 2007
02 October 2002
06 September 2006
19 January 2011
19 January 2011
25 March 2003
05 July 2001
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:
24 August 2016
Date of mailing of the international search report:
02 September 2016
Authorized officer:
Chabus, Hervé
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