Ex parte ETAO HUANG - Page 4

          Appeal No. 96-4017                                                          
          Application 08/217,544                                                      

                    Viewing Figure 3 of the application drawings and the              
          statements on page 1 of the specification (lines 18-23), we                 
          understand that a drawback of the prior art was that when the               

          hook member on the elongate body member (F) was engaged with the            
          steering wheel, the right-hand end of the body member, as seen in           
          Figure 3, was canted at an angle towards the space within the               
          vehicle to be occupied by a rider or passenger, thus making it              
          "liable to collide with a rider coming in the car."  To overcome            
          this drawback, appellant provided the steering wheel antitheft              
          device of the application (e.g., Figure 8) with a hook member               
          (12) provided as an intermediate part of the body member (1)                
          and so oriented that the body member (1) essentially aligns with            
          the plane of the steering wheel (B) when the steering lock is               
          attached to the steering wheel, thus significantly reducing any             
          possibility that a rider or passenger entering the right side               
          of the vehicle might collide with the right-hand end of the                 
          body member (1) and be injured.  See appellant's specification,             
          page 5, lines 7-15.                                                         


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