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1. (WO2019068020) TOUCH SENSOR PANEL ARCHITECTURE WITH MULTIPLE SENSING MODE CAPABILITIES



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INTERNATIONAL SEARCH REPORT (ISR)
Part 1:  1  2  3  4  5  6          Part 2:  A  B  C  D  E 
International application No. Applicant's or agent's file reference
PCT/US2018/053605 106842163540
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
28 September 2018 29 September 2017
Applicant
APPLE INC.
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)).
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)).
c.
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
This International Searching Authority found multiple inventions in this international application, as follows:
1. claims: 1-6, 24, 29, 30
A touch sensor panel comprising: a first layer including a plurality of electrodes of a first type, wherein the electrodes of the first type are coupled to respective traces, and the electrodes of the first type are configured to, during a first time period, operate as touch sensing electrodes; and a second layer including a plurality of electrodes of a second type overlapping with the respective traces of the electrodes of the first type, wherein the electrodes of the second type are configured to: during the first time period, operate as guard electrodes for the respective traces of the electrodes of the first type; and during a second time period, operate as touch sensing electrodes, wherein operating, during the first time period, the electrodes of the first type as the touch sensing electrodes comprises operating the electrodes of the first type as self-capacitance sensing electrodes
2. claims: 7-10
A touch sensor panel comprising: a first layer including a plurality of electrodes of a first type, wherein the electrodes of the first type are coupled to respective traces, and the electrodes of the first type are configured to, during a first time period, operate as touch sensing electrodes; and a second layer including a plurality of electrodes of a second type overlapping with the respective traces of the electrodes of the first type, wherein the electrodes of the second type are configured to: during the first time period, operate as guard electrodes for the respective traces of the electrodes of the first type; and during a second time period, operate as touch sensing electrodes, further comprising: a third layer including an electrode of a third type configured to, during the first and second time periods, operate as a guard electrode.
3. claims: 11-23
A touch sensor panel comprising: a first layer including a plurality of electrodes of a first type, wherein the electrodes of the first type are coupled to respective traces, and the electrodes of the first type are configured to, during a first time period, operate as touch sensing electrodes; and a second layer including a plurality of electrodes of a second type overlapping with the respective traces of the electrodes of the first type, wherein the electrodes of the second type are configured to: during the first time period, operate as guard electrodes for the respective traces of the electrodes of the first type; and during a second time period, operate as touch sensing electrodes, further comprising: a third layer including a plurality of electrodes of a third type, wherein the electrodes of the third type are configured to :during the first time period, operate as guard electrodes for the respective traces of the electrodes of the first type; and during the second time period, operate as touch sensing electrodes.
4. claims: 25-28
A touch sensor panel comprising: a first layer including a plurality of electrodes of a first type, wherein the electrodes of the first type are configured to, during a first time period, operate as mutual capacitance drive electrodes; and a second layer including a plurality of electrodes of a second type overlapping with the electrodes of the first type, wherein the electrodes of the second type are configured to: during the first time period, operate as mutual capacitance sense electrodes; and during a second time period, operate as self-capacitance electrodes.
1.
As all required additional search fees were timely paid by the applicant, this international search report covers all searchable claims.
2.
As all searchable claims could be searched without effort justifying additional fees, this Authority did not invite payment of additional fees.
3.
As only some of the required additional search fees were timely paid by the applicant, this international search report covers only those claims for which fees were paid, specifically claims Nos.: 1-6, 11-24, 29, 30
4.
No required additional search fees were timely paid by the applicant. Consequently, this international search report is restricted to the invention first mentioned in the claims; it is covered by claims Nos.:
Remark on Protest
The additional search fees were accompanied by the applicant’s protest and, where applicable, the payment of a protest fee.
The additional search fees were accompanied by the applicant’s protest but the applicable protest fee was not paid within the time limit specified in the invitation.
No protest accompanied the payment of additional search fees.
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
a.
The figure of the drawings to be published with the abstract is Figure No.     5A    
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.
b.
none of the figures is to be published with the abstract.

A. CLASSIFICATION OF SUBJECT MATTER

     G06F 3/044 (2006.01)i; G06F 3/041 (2006.01)i
According to International Patent Classification (IPC) or to both national classification and IPC

B. FIELDS SEARCHED

Minimum documentation searched (classification system followed by classification symbols):
     G06F
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

C. DOCUMENTS CONSIDERED TO BE RELEVANT

Category* Citation of document, with indication, where appropriate, of the relevant passages Relevant to claim No.
(1)
X
WO 2017020344 A1 (SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOELECT [CN]) 09 February 2017 (2017-02-09)
1-4,6,29,30
A
page 2, line 22 - line 29
5,24
page 4, line 16 - line 31
page 5, line 9 - page 6, line 3
page 7, line 2 - line 29; figures 2,4
(2)
X
US 2016328079 A1 (SCHWARTZ ADAM L [US] ET AL) 10 November 2016 (2016-11-10)
1-6,24,29,30
paragraph [0053] - paragraph [0059]
paragraph [0070]
(3)
X
US 2013181949 A1 (SETLAK DALE R [US]) 18 July 2013 (2013-07-18)
1-6,24,29,30
paragraph [0013] - paragraph [0014]
paragraph [0035] - paragraph [0040]
paragraph [0052]
paragraph [0059] - paragraph [0060]; figures
(4)
A
US 2017024033 A1 (CHANDRAN PRAVEESH [SG] ET AL) 26 January 2017 (2017-01-26)
1-3,24
paragraph [0019]; figure 2
(5)
Y
US 2016188039 A1 (YOON SANG SIC [KR] ET AL) 30 June 2016 (2016-06-30)
11-16,20
A
paragraph [0068] - paragraph [0070]
17-19,21-23
paragraph [0085] - paragraph [0086]
paragraph [0097] - paragraph [0098]; figures
(6)
Y
US 2017228065 A1 (LEE HSIANG-YU [TW] ET AL) 10 August 2017 (2017-08-10)
11-16,20
paragraph [0025]
(7)
Y
US 2015130742 A1 (CHEN LI-WEN MAGNETRO [CN] ET AL) 14 May 2015 (2015-05-14)
11-23
paragraph [0032]
paragraph [0034] - paragraph [0035]
paragraph [0038] - paragraph [0047]; claims; figures 2,3
(8)
X
EP 2930597 A2 (LG ELECTRONICS INC [KR]) 14 October 2015 (2015-10-14)
1-4,6,29,30
Y
paragraph [0118] - paragraph [0124]
11-15,17-23
paragraph [0132] - paragraph [0134]
paragraph [0168] - paragraph [0172]; claims; figures 2-4, 8
*
Special categories of cited documents:
"A"
document defining the general state of the art which is not considered to be of particular relevance
"E"
earlier application or patent but published on or after the international filing date
"L"
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)
"O"
document referring to an oral disclosure, use, exhibition or other means
"P"
document published prior to the international filing date but later than the priority date claimed
"T"
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
"X"
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
"Y"
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

D. INFORMATION ON PATENT FAMILY MEMBERS

Patent document cited in search report Publication date
(day/month/year)
Patent family member(s) Publication date
(day/month/year)
WO 2017020344 A1
09 February 2017
CN 105094485 A
WO 2017020344 A1
25 November 2015
09 February 2017
US 2016328079 A1
10 November 2016
CN 106125997 A
US 2016328079 A1
16 November 2016
10 November 2016
US 2013181949 A1
18 July 2013
TW 201337783 A
US 2013181949 A1
WO 2013109698 A1
16 September 2013
18 July 2013
25 July 2013
US 2017024033 A1
26 January 2017
NONE
US 2016188039 A1
30 June 2016
CN 105408846 A
CN 106527812 A
KR 101452302 B1
US 2016188039 A1
US 2017031509 A1
WO 2015016562 A1
16 March 2016
22 March 2017
22 October 2014
30 June 2016
02 February 2017
05 February 2015
US 2017228065 A1
10 August 2017
CN 107063518 A
TW 201729050 A
US 2017228065 A1
18 August 2017
16 August 2017
10 August 2017
US 2015130742 A1
14 May 2015
TW 201528100 A
US 2015130742 A1
WO 2015073235 A1
16 July 2015
14 May 2015
21 May 2015
EP 2930597 A2
14 October 2015
CN 104980572 A
EP 2930597 A2
EP 3327560 A1
JP 2015204098 A
KR 20150117958 A
US 2015296062 A1
US 2016259481 A1
US 2017147150 A1
14 October 2015
14 October 2015
30 May 2018
16 November 2015
21 October 2015
15 October 2015
08 September 2016
25 May 2017
Name and mailing address of the ISA/:
European Patent Office
P.B. 5818, Patentlaan 2, 2280 HV Rijswijk,
Netherlands
Telephone No. (+31-70)340-2040
Facsimile No. (+31-70)340-3016
Date of the actual completion of the international search:
11 March 2019
Date of mailing of the international search report:
19 March 2019
Authorized officer:
Durand, Jacques
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