Ex Parte Hogan et al - Page 2


                Appeal 2006-2800                                                                              
                Application 10/151,388                                                                        

                                            THE INVENTION                                                     
                      The Appellants claim an easy-open closure arrangement for a bulk                        
                item package and claim a bag comprising the easy-open closure                                 
                arrangement.  Claim 1 is illustrative:                                                        
                      1. An easy-open closure arrangement for a bulk item                                     
                      package consisting essentially of:                                                      
                      a base web having a pair of longitudinal edges, a pair of                               
                      spaced perforated tear lines extending between said longitudinal                        
                      edges, said perforated tear lines including perforations                                
                      extending completely through said base web;                                             
                      a frangible layer attached to one side of said base web                                 
                      overlying said perforations thereby preventing passage of                               
                      material through said perforations; and                                                 
                      a tear bead positioned between said tear lines attached to                              
                      said frangible layer on a side of said frangible layer opposite                         
                      from said base web.                                                                     

                                            THE REFERENCES                                                    
                Weeks                                        US 5,092,684                    Mar. 03, 1992    
                La Pierre           US 5,121,997                        Jun. 16, 1992                         
                                            THE REJECTIONS                                                    
                      Claims 1, 3-6 and 8 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being                       
                unpatentable over Weeks in view of La Pierre.                                                 









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