Austrian Patent Office Oct.22,2003 Email record


Regarding application no PCT/SG03/00145 I would like to apprise you of the following:

a)       as to the time allowed: According to Rule 42 PCT the time limit in which an international search report shall be made available is three months as of receipt of the search copy by the international search authority. The time limit, viz. the 2 to 4 weeks mentioned by the applicant, is likely to be the time limit striven for in cases of commercial searches in accord with § 57 a Z 1 Austrian Patent Law;

b)      as to the subject matter of the application: The application in question relates to a process of therapeutic treatment of the human body whereby an insufficiently disclosed agent is injected into the lung of a patient. Recasting the patent claims in order to seek protection aimed at a second medical indication is not possible as the injection of the above agent into the patient’s lung apparently constitutes the sole inventive step of the present application. In view of Rule 39. 1 (IV) an international search will therefore not be carried out.

Sincerely hoping the above affords the clarification you seek I remain,

Yours sincerely,


Austrian Patent Office

Division Manager

Mag. Walter Tomaschitz;


Austrian Patent Office


Dresdnerstrasse 87

A-1200 Vienna


                                                                 Urgent!     Oct.13, 2003 

To: Dept.-in-charge                                                 The 3rd Fax: 43 1 53424 520

                                                                            43 1 53424 110

Dear Sir,                                                                     43 1 53424 535


     I am an applicant of PCT/SG03/00145, the title of invention is "Surface Treatment of SARS-infected Lungs", with the receiving Office is Singapore patent Office and the international filling date on 12 Jun 2003.


   About the application of PCT/SG03/00145, I had designated Austrian Patent Office to complete search report and had already paid the cost needed to Singapore patent Office.   


      I have repeatedly urge you all to complete the search report about the application that was sent via the receiving Office Singapore patent Office, but have yet to receive any reply for the passed 3 months.   


     Today, I had to find a service promise on your websites that stated  "Search on the state of the art concerning a concrete technical problem within 2 - 4 weeks. "  Therefore, i would like to know what had caused that delay in getting the search report? 


   Thank you very much for your attention and please handle this matter as soon as possible.


Yours faithfully,


applicant : Lin Zhen Man

10 Ava Road, Ava Tower, # 19-07

Singapore 329949

Oct.13, 2003