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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/EP2019/082091 SEM/P203711WO00
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
21 November 2019 27 November 2018
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 wearable device (10) for lifting an area of skin on a wearer's torso which is situated below the device in use, comprises a gripping element (12) with an outer surface, and an inner surface formed of or coated with a non-slip material (18). The gripping element (12) comprises a band configured to encircle a lower part of a wearer's ribcage. The non-slip material (18) extends along the band and contacts the skin. The device (10) further comprises at least one lifting element (14) secured to the gripping element (12) and configured to extend over a shoulder of the wearer and to be adjustable in length. In use, the lifting element (14) is adjustable to exert a lifting force on the gripping element (12), the skin gripped thereby and an area of skin on the torso below the gripping element (12).

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.


     A41B 9/06 (2006.01)i; A41C 1/00 (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):
     A41B; A41D; A41C
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 6332825 B1 (HENRICKSEN VICTORIA ELIZABETH [US]) 25 December 2001 (2001-12-25)
abstract; figures 1-4
column 3, line 15 - line 31
US 2009126084 A1 (FENSKE MARY C [US]) 21 May 2009 (2009-05-21)
figures 1,3A,4
paragraph [0005] - paragraph [0007]
paragraphs [0022], [0027], [0029]
US 2009098803 A1 (REINISCH DANA [US] ET AL) 16 April 2009 (2009-04-16)
paragraphs [0009], [0012], [0025]
paragraph [0039] - paragraph [0041]
paragraph [0065] - paragraph [0067]; figures 1-4
EP 3202272 A1 (WACOAL CORP [JP]) 09 August 2017 (2017-08-09)
abstract; figures 8,9
paragraphs [0039], [0040]
Special categories of cited documents:
document defining the general state of the art which is not considered to be of particular relevance
document cited by the applicant in the international application
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 6332825 B1
25 December 2001
US 2009126084 A1
21 May 2009
US 2009098803 A1
16 April 2009
AU 2009293257 A1
CN 102215707 A
CN 105411013 A
EP 2334206 A1
EP 2548461 A1
IL 211603 A
JP 5677959 B2
JP 2012503109 A
US 2009098803 A1
US 2012122371 A1
WO 2010033664 A1
25 March 2010
12 October 2011
23 March 2016
22 June 2011
23 January 2013
28 May 2014
25 February 2015
02 February 2012
16 April 2009
17 May 2012
25 March 2010
EP 3202272 A1
09 August 2017
CN 107072327 A
EP 3202272 A1
US 2017295871 A1
WO 2016051469 A1
18 August 2017
09 August 2017
19 October 2017
07 April 2016
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:
16 January 2020
Date of mailing of the international search report:
27 January 2020
Authorized officer:
Thielgen, Robert
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