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1. WO2020060881 - MONOLITHIC LEAD ASSEMBLY AND METHODS OF MICROFABRICATING A MONOLITHIC LEAD ASSEMBLY


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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/US2019/051165 1142548
International filing date (day/month/year) (Earliest) Priority Date (day/month/year)
13 September 2019 18 September 2018
Applicant
VERILY LIFE SCIENCES LLC
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: 1-5, 39-47
A monolithic thin-film cable assembly and method of manufacturing. A contribution to the art seems to reside in the features of a supporting structure having a spiral shape (comprising two or more turns) thereby solving the problem of improving the applicability of a cable by having the technical effect of increased flexibility.
2. claims: 6-28, 48-50
A monolithic thin-film lead assembly, neuromodulation system and method of manufacturing. A contribution to the art seems to reside in the features of an electrode assembly thereby solving the problem of providing an alternative electrode lead by having the technical effect of improved electrical connection.
3. claims: 29-38, 62
A monolithic thin-film lead assembly and neuromodulation system. A contribution to the art seems to reside in the features of a cable having helical portions with different pitch thereby solving the problem of providing a cable for targeted anatomical applications by having the technical effect of differentiated mechanical properties.
4. claims: 51-61, 63-73
Methods of manufacturing a monolithic thin-film lead assembly. A contribution to the art seems to reside in the features of encasing or inserting a supporting structure into a polymer tube, injecting a polymer into a lumen of a supporting structure, or applying a polymer solution on the supporting structure, possibly followed by heat shrinking a tube, thereby solving the problem of providing a mechanically more stable lead by having the technical effect of improved protection against fracture and disconnections.
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.:
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.: 1-5, 39-47
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.     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.
b.
none of the figures is to be published with the abstract.

A. CLASSIFICATION OF SUBJECT MATTER

     A61N 1/04 (2006.01)i; A61N 1/36 (2006.01)i; H01B 7/02 (2006.01)i; H01B 7/08 (2006.01)i; H01B 13/06 (2006.01)i; H01B 13/16 (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):
     A61N; H01B
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
US 2018169406 A1 (SHAH KEDAR G [US] ET AL) 21 June 2018 (2018-06-21)
1-5
paragraphs [0010], [0034] - [0042], [0053] - [0054]; figures 1-4, 7, 11-15
(2)
X
US 2016351292 A1 (TOTH LANDY [US] ET AL) 01 December 2016 (2016-12-01)
1-5,39-47
paragraphs [0058] - [0061], [0068] - [0069], [0086] - [0109]; figures 3A-D
(3)
X
US 2018229041 A1 (PEPIN BRIAN [US] ET AL) 16 August 2018 (2018-08-16)
1-4
paragraph [0050]; figure 2
(4)
X
US 2013282090 A1 (DECRE MICHEL MARCEL JOSE [NL] ET AL) 24 October 2013 (2013-10-24)
1,39
paragraphs [0029] - [0034], [0045] - [0060]; figures 1-6
*
Special categories of cited documents:
"A"
document defining the general state of the art which is not considered to be of particular relevance
"D"
document cited by the applicant in the international application
"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)
US 2018169406 A1
21 June 2018
US 2018169406 A1
WO 2016201151 A1
21 June 2018
15 December 2016
US 2016351292 A1
01 December 2016
CN 107924736 A
EP 3304565 A1
US 2016351292 A1
US 2017303856 A1
US 2019008456 A1
US 2019175112 A1
WO 2016196031 A1
17 April 2018
11 April 2018
01 December 2016
26 October 2017
10 January 2019
13 June 2019
08 December 2016
US 2018229041 A1
16 August 2018
EP 3582848 A1
US 2018229041 A1
US 2020016404 A1
WO 2018152064 A1
25 December 2019
16 August 2018
16 January 2020
23 August 2018
US 2013282090 A1
24 October 2013
CN 104245044 A
EP 2653187 A1
EP 2838606 A1
JP 6153601 B2
JP 2015514487 A
US 2013282090 A1
WO 2013156527 A1
24 December 2014
23 October 2013
25 February 2015
28 June 2017
21 May 2015
24 October 2013
24 October 2013
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:
03 December 2019
Date of mailing of the international search report:
04 February 2020
Authorized officer:
Lahorte, Philippe
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