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International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/US2018/044952 3025P0567WO
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
02 August 2018 02 August 2017
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.: 28-32, 35
because they relate to subject matter not required to be searched by this Authority, namely:
A meaningful search for independent claim 28, its dependent claims 29-32 and independent claim 35 could not be established as they concern a method for treatment of the human or animal body by surgery (Rule 39.1(iv) PCT).
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.

Surgical tool systems (10) and methods of use thereof for performing endoscopic surgical procedures, which systems (10) include a handpiece (11) and a surgical accessory (12) which detachably connects to the handpiece (11). The surgical accessory (12) has a distal end which defines a cutting head (104) incorporating two different types of tissue-treating areas (110, 119).

6. Drawings
The figure of the drawings to be published with the abstract is Figure No.     9    
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 17/32 (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):
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 2009054968 A1 (ATHEROMED INC [US]; ESCUDERO PAUL [US]; TO JOHN [US]; DANEK CHRISTOPHE) 30 April 2009 (2009-04-30)
figure 15
page 44, line 12 - line 26
US 6569177 B1 (DILLARD DAVID H [US] ET AL) 27 May 2003 (2003-05-27)
figure 2
column 2, line 58 - line 62
column 3, line 66 - column 4, line 35
WO 2010126882 A1 (FOX HOLLOW TECHNOLOGIES INC [US]; MOBERG JOHN [US]; YANG ALEX [US]; BR) 04 November 2010 (2010-11-04)
figure 16A
paragraph [0056]
US 2017202612 A1 (GERMAIN AARON [US] ET AL) 20 July 2017 (2017-07-20)
figure 9
figure 12B
paragraph [0072] - paragraph [0075]
paragraph [0079] - paragraph [0080]
US 2016106453 A1 (DEENY BRYAN G [IE] ET AL) 21 April 2016 (2016-04-21)
figure 13
paragraph [0068] - paragraph [0069]
US 5913867 A (DION ERNEST A [US]) 22 June 1999 (1999-06-22)
figure 3
column 3, line 11 - line 19
WO 2012054302 A1 (MEDTRONIC XOMED INC [US]; SHADECK LOUIS M [US]; OLIVER DANA A [US]) 26 April 2012 (2012-04-26)
figure 9
figure 10
paragraph [0047]
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 2009054968 A1
30 April 2009
EP 2211732 A1
WO 2009054968 A1
04 August 2010
30 April 2009
US 6569177 B1
27 May 2003
AT 279154 T
DE 60106496 D1
DE 60106496 T2
EP 1359853 A1
US 6569177 B1
WO 02056776 A1
15 October 2004
18 November 2004
20 October 2005
12 November 2003
27 May 2003
25 July 2002
WO 2010126882 A1
04 November 2010
AU 2010241801 A1
BR PI1014721 A2
CA 2760449 A1
CN 102625673 A
EP 2424450 A1
ES 2532407 T3
JP 5579830 B2
JP 2012525221 A
KR 20120011058 A
RU 2011143062 A
US 2010312263 A1
US 2017265888 A1
WO 2010126882 A1
17 November 2011
12 April 2016
04 November 2010
01 August 2012
07 March 2012
26 March 2015
27 August 2014
22 October 2012
06 February 2012
10 June 2013
09 December 2010
21 September 2017
04 November 2010
US 2017202612 A1
20 July 2017
US 2017202612 A1
WO 2017127760 A1
20 July 2017
27 July 2017
US 2016106453 A1
21 April 2016
US 5913867 A
22 June 1999
AT 289492 T
AU 722524 B2
BR 9713610 A
CA 2274232 A1
DE 69732580 D1
DE 69732580 T2
EP 1006898 A1
JP 4065569 B2
JP 2001507590 A
US 5913867 A
WO 9827876 A1
15 March 2005
03 August 2000
11 April 2000
02 July 1998
31 March 2005
04 May 2006
14 June 2000
26 March 2008
12 June 2001
22 June 1999
02 July 1998
WO 2012054302 A1
26 April 2012
AU 2011318377 A1
CA 2815136 A1
CN 103298418 A
EP 2629686 A1
JP 5997167 B2
JP 2013544119 A
US 2012101513 A1
US 2013197525 A1
WO 2012054302 A1
13 June 2013
26 April 2012
11 September 2013
28 August 2013
28 September 2016
12 December 2013
26 April 2012
01 August 2013
26 April 2012
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:
05 October 2018
Date of mailing of the international search report:
12 October 2018
Authorized officer:
Biegler, Marcel
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