Ex parte SOWERBY - Page 2




          Appeal No. 94-4429                                                         
          Application 07/910,967                                                     
                                   THE INVENTION                                     
               Appellant claims processes for forming combinations of                
          trithianes and phosphorous acid and/or thiophosphorous acid                
          derivatives which, appellant states (specification, page 37,               
          line 33 - page 38, line 3), are useful as additives for                    
          lubricants and other functional fluids such as automatic                   
          transmission fluids and hydraulic fluids.  Claim 1 is                      
          illustrative and is appended to this decision.                             
                                   THE REFERENCES                                    
          Hook et al. (Hook)            2,531,129           Nov. 21, 1950            
          Bartlett                      3,159,664           Dec.  1, 1964            
          Le Suer                       3,197,405           Jul. 27, 1965            
          Braid                         3,644,206           Feb. 22, 1972            
          Meinhardt                     4,123,370           Oct. 31, 1978            
          Watson et al. (Watson)        4,328,111           May   4, 1982            
                                   THE REJECTIONS                                    
               Claims 1, 2, 5, 6 and 33-35 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.            
           103 as being unpatentable over Braid or Hook.  Claims 7, 8 and           
          11-36 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being unpatentable           
          over Braid or Hook, each in view of Meinhardt, Watson, Bartlett            
          or Le Suer.                                                                
                                       OPINION                                       
               We have carefully considered all of the arguments advanced            
          by appellant and the examiner and agree with appellant that the            



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