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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/US2017/060834 20522-19a
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
09 November 2017 11 November 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
This international search report has not been established in respect of certain claims under Article 17(2)(a) for the following reasons:
Claims Nos.: 1-11
because they relate to subject matter not required to be searched by this Authority, namely:
Rules 39.1 (iv) and 67.IV PCT - Method for treatment of the human or animal body by surgery. The feature ""positioning a repair device at a targeted cardiac valve" in claim 1 implies surgery.
Claims Nos.:
because they relate to parts of the international application that do not comply with the prescribed requirements to such an extent that no meaningful international search can be carried out, specifically:
Claims Nos.:
because they are dependent claims and are not drafted in accordance with the second and third sentences of Rule 6.4(a).
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.     8    
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.


     A61F 2/24 (2006.01)i; A61B 17/122 (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):
     A61F; 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 2015257879 A1 (BÖRTLEIN GEORG [FR] ET AL) 17 September 2015 (2015-09-17)
paragraphs [0002], [0048], [0049], [0085] - [0088]; figures 4-6d
WO 2012103173 A2 (UNIV EMORY [US]; PADALA SAIMURALIDHAR [US]; THOURANI VINOD H [US]) 02 August 2012 (2012-08-02)
paragraphs [0053], [0084] - [0088]; figure 11
WO 2012061809 A2 (MEHR MEDICAL LLC [US]; RAFIEE NASSER [US]) 10 May 2012 (2012-05-10)
page 25, line 14 - page 26, line 20; figures 6-8
WO 2015057407 A1 (SINO MEDICAL SCIENCES TECHNOLOGY INC [CN]; MA JIANLU [US]; HUO YONG [C) 23 April 2015 (2015-04-23)
page 21, lines 29,30
page 6, lines 17-23
page 10, lines 5-30
figures 4,5a
US 2012016464 A1 (SEGUIN JACQUES [CH]) 19 January 2012 (2012-01-19)
paragraphs [0032] - [0035]; figures 5a,6a
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 2015257879 A1
17 September 2015
WO 2012103173 A2
02 August 2012
EP 2667824 A2
US 2014039615 A1
WO 2012103173 A2
04 December 2013
06 February 2014
02 August 2012
WO 2012061809 A2
10 May 2012
WO 2015057407 A1
23 April 2015
US 2012016464 A1
19 January 2012
US 2012016464 A1
US 2014172070 A1
US 2017224479 A1
19 January 2012
19 June 2014
10 August 2017
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:
06 February 2018
Date of mailing of the international search report:
13 February 2018
Authorized officer:
Espuch, Antonio
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