Ex Parte Suzuki et al - Page 2


             Appeal No. 2007-0464                                                                              
             Application 09/964,874                                                                            

             Takagi et al. (Takagi)  U.S. Patent 6,567,350  May 20, 2003                                       
             Otsuka  JP Pat. Pub. 10-283645 October 23, 1998                                                   
             Tsuchimochi  JP Pat. Pub. 08-306052 November 22, 1996                                             
                                            The Rejections on Appeal                                           
                    The following rejections were maintained in the Examiner’s Answer.  All other rejections   
             made prior to the filing of the applicant’s appeal brief are regarded as withdrawn.               
                    1. The examiner rejected claim 24 under 35 U.S.C.  102 as anticipated by Otsuka.          
                    2. The examiner rejected claims 10-11 under 35 U.S.C.  103 as unpatentable for            
             obviousness over Kulakowski and either Tsuchimochi or Tsutsui.                                    
                    3. The examiner rejected claims 12-13 and 26-27 under 35 U.S.C.  103 as                   
             unpatentable for obviousness over either Takasugi or Davis.                                       
                    4. The examiner rejected claim 25 under 35 U.S.C.  103 as unpatentable for                
             obviousness over Otsuka and either Kulakowski or Takagi.                                          
             B. Issues                                                                                         
                    1.   Has the applicant shown error in the anticipation rejection of claim 24 over Otsuka?  
                    2.   Has the applicant shown error in the obviousness rejection of claims 10-11 over       
             Kulakowski and either Tsuchimochi or Tsutsui?                                                     
                    3.   Has the applicant shown error in the obviousness rejection of claims 12-13 and 26-27  
             over Takasugi or Davis?                                                                           
                    4.   Has the applicant shown error in the obviousness rejection of claim 25 over Otsuka    
             and either Kulakowski or Takagi?                                                                  





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