Ex parte YASUTOSHI AOKI, et al. - Page 3




                Appeal No. 94-3608                                                                                                            
                Application 07/844,980                                                                                                        


                         The references relied upon by the examiner to support the                                                            
                final rejection are:                                                                                                          
                Brown                                             3,157,218                         Nov. 17, 1964                             
                Greiner                                           3,759,306                         Sep. 18, 1973                             
                Russell                                           3,830,275                         Aug. 20, 1974                             


                Mamada et al. (British '048)                               2,190,048                Nov. 11, 1987                             
                (UK Patent Application)                                                                                                       
                Kazuyuki (Japanese '403)                                   63-240403                Oct.  6, 1988                             
                                                                           4,724,878 (English Language                                        
                Equivalent)                                                                                                                   
                Japan (Japanese '305)                                      2-169305                 June 29, 1990                             
                                                          313,361 (English Language                                                           
                Equivalent)                                                                                                                   
                Okuno (Japanese '904)                                      58-128904                Aug.  1, 1983                             
                (Japan)                                                                                                                       
                The prior art admitted by the appellants on pages 1 and 2 of the                                                              
                specification.2                                                                                                               
                                                           THE REJECTIONS                                                                     
                         The following rejections stand under 35 U.S.C.  103:                                                                
                         (1) Claims 1 through 3, 8, 10, 13 through 15 and 22 through                                                          
                25 on the basis of Japanese '904, Japanese '403, Russell, Brown                                                               
                and British '048.                                                                                                             

                         2 We note that the examiner has failed to list the admitted                                                          
                prior art as a reference on pages 2 and 3 of the Answer, although                                                             
                it has been applied in two of the rejections of the appellants'                                                               
                claims (pages 11 through 16).                                                                                                 


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