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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/FI2017/050936 NC102066WO
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
27 December 2017 29 December 2016
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.     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.


     A61B 5/0408 (2006.01)i; A61B 5/0428 (2006.01)i; A61B 5/0478 (2006.01)i; A61B 5/0492 (2006.01)i; A61B 5/053 (2006.01)i; A61N 1/04 (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):
     A61N; 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.
WO 2013105002 A2 (KONINKL PHILIPS NV [NL]; PHILIPS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY [DE]) 18 July 2013 (2013-07-18)
page 7, lines 1-9
page 10, lines 14-26
figures 2, 4a, 4b
WO 2005075018 A1 (NEURODAN AS [DK]; BIJELIC GORAN [YU]; HAUGLAND MORTEN [DK]) 18 August 2005 (2005-08-18)
page 7, line 24 - page 8, line 8; figure 2
US 7308317 B1 (OKANDAN MURAT [US] ET AL) 11 December 2007 (2007-12-11)
column 5, line 59 - column 6, line 67; figure 1
US 5782238 A (BEITLER MARTIN M [US]) 21 July 1998 (1998-07-21)
column 3, line 44 - column 6, line 13; figures 1-4
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
WO 2013105002 A2
18 July 2013
CN 104039220 A
EP 2614769 A1
EP 2802257 A2
JP 6073921 B2
JP 2015508311 A
WO 2013105002 A2
10 September 2014
17 July 2013
19 November 2014
01 February 2017
19 March 2015
18 July 2013
WO 2005075018 A1
18 August 2005
US 2008027507 A1
WO 2005075018 A1
31 January 2008
18 August 2005
US 7308317 B1
11 December 2007
US 7127301 B1
US 7308317 B1
24 October 2006
11 December 2007
US 5782238 A
21 July 1998
AU 1062297 A
US 5782238 A
WO 9719631 A2
19 June 1997
21 July 1998
05 June 1997
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:
23 February 2018
Date of mailing of the international search report:
02 March 2018
Authorized officer:
Mecking, Nikolai
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