Ex parte ORLOWSKI et al. - Page 3




                 Appeal No. 94-3960                                                                                                                     
                 Application 07/997,489                                                                                                                 


                 powder cloud in the development zone.  See specification, page                                                                         
                 2.  In other words, this donor roll must be useful for                                                                                 
                 electrophotographic printing or copying apparatuses.  See                                                                              
                 specification, page 1.                                                                                                                 
                          Claims 1 through 24 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103                                                                      
                 as unpatentable over the combined teachings of the following                                                                           
                 references :      2                                                                                                                    
                 Babu et al (Babu)                                              4,718,972                           Jan. 12,                            
                 1988                                                                                                                                   
                 Akahoshi et al (Akahoshi)                                      4,876,177                           Oct. 24,                            
                 1989                                                                                                                                   
                 Greene et al (Greene)                                          5,171,608                           Dec. 15,                            
                 1992                                                                                                                                   
                          According to the examiner, the references relied upon                                                                         
                 disclose "the same sequence of steps" as claimed except for                                                                            
                 using a cylindrical substrate in those steps.  See Answer,                                                                             
                 page 6.  In so stating, the examiner fa                                                                                                
                 iled to take into account the preambular limitation "a donor                                                                           
                 roll".  See, e.g., Corning Glass Works v. Sumitomo Elec.                                                                               
                 U.S.A., 868 F.2d 1251, 1257, 9 USPQ2d 1962, 1966 (Fed. Cir.                                                                            


                          2The examiner relies on the following new reference to                                                                        
                 further explain his position:                                                                                                          
                 Yuh et al (Yuh)                              5,063,125                           Nov. 5, 1991                                          
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