Ex parte BORS et al. - Page 2




          Appeal No. 95-0365                                                          
          Application 07/921,537                                                      


               1.  A shelf stable, air-curing composition comprising an               
          acetoacetate functional polymer and a polyformaldehyde chain                
          endblocked with autoxidizable end groups, said polyformaldehyde             
          chain having from 1 to 14 formaldehyde units and being liquid and           
          soluble in the acetoacetate polymer, stored in the absence of               
          atmospheric oxygen.                                                         
               7.  The composition of Claim 1 wherein the acetoacetate                
          functionality on the polymer is reversibly converted to enamine             
          for storage, using ammonia or volatile amine.                               
               The references relied on by the examiner are:                          
          Gresham et al.  (Gresham)     2,449,469           Nov. 2, 1944              
          Bors et al.     (Bors)        4,960,924           Oct. 2, 1990              

               The claims are rejected as follows:                                    
               I.  Claims 1 through 7 are rejected under 35 U.S.C.  112,             
          first paragraph, as the disclosure is only enabling for claims              
          limited to compositions containing a metal drier.                           
               II. Claims 1 through 6, 8 and 9 are rejected under 35 U.S.C.           
           103 as being unpatentable over Bors in view of Gresham and                
          Huyser.                                                                     
               We have carefully considered the entire record which                   
          includes, inter alia, the specification, the appellants’ Brief              
          (Paper No. 12) and the examiner’s Answer (Paper No. 13).  We                
          agree with the examiner that the specification is enabling only             





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