Ex parte IRVIN R. STRAUSS, et al. - Page 3

          Appeal No. 96-1534                                                          
          Application 07/888,991                                                      

          Rather than repeat the arguments of appellants or the                       
          examiner, we make reference to the briefs and the answers for the           
          respective details thereof.                                                 
          We have carefully considered the subject matter on                          
          appeal, the rejections advanced by the examiner and the evidence            
          of anticipation and obviousness relied upon by the examiner as              
          support for the rejections.  We have, likewise, reviewed and                
          taken into consideration, in reaching our decision, the                     
          appellants' arguments set forth in the briefs along with the                
          examiner's rationale in support of the rejections and arguments             
          in rebuttal set forth in the examiner's answers.                            
          It is our view, after consideration of the record before                    
          us, that the disclosure of Li fails to fully meet the invention             
          as recited in claims 28-30.  We are also of the view that the               
          teachings of Kuechler do not fully meet the invention as recited            
          in claims 25-30 nor would these teachings have suggested to one             
          of ordinary skill in the art the obviousness of the invention as            
          set forth in claims 25-30.  Accordingly, we reverse.                        
          Before we consider the specific rejections of the claims,                   
          we note that claim interpretation is a critical issue in this               
          case.  The examiner noted that the phrase “one of the steps”                


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