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PATENT COOPERATION TREATY 



From the 

INTERNATIONAL SEARCHING AUTHORITY 



To: 



see form PCT/1SA/220 



REC'D 2 h OCT 2005 



WIPO 



PCT 



WRITTEN OPINION OF THE 
INTERNATIONAL SEARCHING AUTHORITY 

(PCT Rule43ib/s.1) 



Applicant's or agent's file reference 

see form PCT/ISA/220 



Date of mailing 

(day/monih/year) see form PCT/1SA;210 (second sheet) 



FOR FURTHER ACTION 

See paragraph 2 below 



International application No. 
PCT/IB2005y051945 



International filing date (day/h]onth/year) 
13.06,2005 



Priority date (day/month/year) 
28.06.2004 



International Patent Classification (IPC) or both national classification and IPC 
G11B7y0045, G11B7A)05, G1 167/0033, G06K7/14, G11C13y04 



Applicant 

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V. 





Box 


No. 


1 


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Box 


No. 


II 


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Box 


No. 


III 


□ 


Box 


No. 


IV 




Box 


No. 


V 


□ 


Box 


No. 


VI 


□ 


Box 


No. 


VII 


□ 


Box 


No. 


VIM 



1 . This opinion contains indications relating to the following items: 

Basis of the opinion 
Priority 

Non-establishment of opinion with regard to novelty, inventive step and industrial applicability 
Lack of unity of invention 

Reasoned statement under Rule 43bis^ (a)(i) with regard to novelty, inventive step or industrial 
applicability; citations and explanations supporting such statement 

Certain documents cited 

Certain defects in the international application 

Certain observations on the international application 

FURTHER ACTION 

If a demand for International preliminary examination is made, this opinion will usually be considered to be a 
written opinion of the International Preliminary Examining Authority ("IPEA"). However, this does not apply where 
the applicant chooses an Authority other than this one to be the I PEA and the chosen I PEA has notifed the ' 
Internationa! Bureau under Rule 66.15/s(b) that written opinions of this International Searching Authority 
will not be so considered. 

If this opinion is, as provided above, considered to be a written opinion of the IPEA, the applicant is invited to 
submit to the IPEA a written reply together, where appropriate, with amendments, before the expiration of three 
months from the date of mailing of Form PCT/ISA/220 or before the expiration of 22 months from the priority date, 
whichever expires later. 

For further options, see Form PCT/ISA/220. 

For further details, see notes to Form PGT/iSA/220. 



Name and mailing address of the ISA: 



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European Patent Office 
D-80298 Munich 

Tel. +49 89 2399 - 0 Tx: 523656 epmu d 
Fax:+49 89 2399-4465 



Authorized Officer 

Chaumeron, B 

Telephone No. +49 89 2399-2662 




Form {PCT/ISAy237) (Cover Sheet) (January 2004) 



WRITTEN OPINION OF THE International application No. 

INTERNATIONAL SEARCHING AUTHORITY PCT/IB2005/051 945 



Box No, I Basis of the opinion 

1 . With regard to the language, this opinion has been established on the basis of the international application in 
the language in which it was filed, unless otherwise indicated under this item. 

□ This opinion has been established on the basis of a translation from the original language into the following 
language , which is the language of a translation furnished for the purposes of international search 
(under Rules 12.3 and 23.1(b)). 

2. With regard to any nucleotide and/or amino acid sequence disclosed in the international application and 
necessary to the claimed invention, this opinion has been established on the basis of: 

a. type of material: 

□ a sequence listing 

□ table(s) related to the sequence listing 

b. format of material: 

□ in written format 

□ in computer readable form 

c. time of filingyfurnishing: 

□ contained in the international application as filed. 

□ filed together with the international application in computer readable form. 

□ furnished subsequently to this Authority for the purposes of search. 

3. □ In addition, in the case that more than one version or copy of a sequence listing and/or table relating thereto 

has been filed or furnished, the required statements that the information in the subsequent or additional 
copies is identical to that in the application as filed or does not go beyond the application as filed, as 
appropriate, were furnished. 

4. Additional comments: 



Form PCTylSA/237 (Januafy 2004) 



WRITTEN OPINION OF THE 
INTERNATIONAL SEARCHING AUTHORITY 



International application No. 
PCT/iB2005/051945 



Box No. V Reasoned statement under Rule 43b/s-1(a)(i) with regard to novelty, inventive step or 
industrial applicability; citations and explanations supporting such statement 

1. Statement 



Novelty (N) 


Yes: 


Claims 






No: 


Claims 


1,5,6,10 


Inventive step (IS) 


Yes: 


Claims 


2-4,7-9 




No: 


Claims 


11-14 


Industrial applicability (lA) 


Yes: 


Claims 


1-14 




No: 


Claims 





2. Citations and explanations 
see separate sheet 



Form PCTyiSA/ 237 (January 2004) 



WRITTEN OPINION OF THE 
INTERNATIONAL SEARCHING 
AUTHORITY (SEPARATE SHEET) 

Re Item V- 

1 . ) Reference is made to the following documents: 
D1 : WO-A-03/007230. 

2. ) Claim 1 lacks novelty with respect to the disclosure of D1 ; for the following reasons: 

D1 discloses a system for recovering data from an information carrier (card) having data 
stored according to data pages (see D1 , page 1 , lines 9 to 12), each data page being 
formed by a set of data being spatially distant from each other (see D1 , figure 2 and page 
9, lines 13 to 17); whereby said system comprises: 

- a data reading system for reading at least one data page so as to generate at least one 
read data page (this can be derived from D1 , page 9, lines 13 to 28); 

- a storage memory for storing at least one read data page (see D1 , figure 8, "buffer"); 

- a processing module connected to said storage memory for recovering data from said at 
least one read data page (see D1 , figure 8, parts (805), (806)). 

Therefore the subject-matter of claim 1 is anticipated by the disclosure of D1 . 

3. ) The same objection of lack of novelty with respect to D1 applies to the corresponding 
method claim 6. 

4. ) Claims 5 and 10: 

The additional features of claim 5 are known from D1 (see D1 , page 13, lines 18,19 
(optical system (530) comprising a micro lens matrix type optical head); page 13, line 28: 
detector based on the matrix photo receiver sensor (801)). 
The same novelty objection applies to the corresponding method claim 10. 

5. ) Claims 11 to 14: 

Claims 1 1 to 14 lack an inventive step; for the following reasons: 

it is considered that it would be obvious to the skilled person to consider the use of a data 



International application No. 
PCT/IB2005/051945 



Form PCT/ISA/237 (Separate Sheet) (Sheet 1) (EPO-January 2004) 



WRITTEN OPINION OF THE International application No. 

INTERNATIONAL SEARCHING 

AUTHORITY (SEPARATE SHEET) PCT/IB2005/051 945 

recovering system as the one specified in claim 1 in any of the devices listed in these 
claims. 



Form PCT/ISA/237 (Separate Sheet) (Sheet 2) (EPO-January 2004)