Ex Parte Aiba et al - Page 7
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Appeal No. 2005-2649
Application No. 09/690,377
that of the plastic tubes and then fused by being heated under pressure to connect the
tubes to each other and to seal each tube at predetermined points. Certainly Figures 12
and 13 of Coplan do not show or suggest such a step and the disclosure at column 8,
lines 53-58 has nothing whatsoever to do with any such fusing step. Thus, the rejection
of claim 6 under 35 U.S.C. § 103(a) will likewise not be sustained.
In light of the foregoing, the decision of the examiner to reject claims 6 and 9 of the
present application under 35 U.S.C. § 103(a) is reversed.
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