Ex parte MARC STAMMER - Page 3

          Appeal No. 95-2175                                                          
          Application 08/100,332                                                      

          According to the examiner, van der Hoek discloses an optical                
          fiber cable comprising a longitudinally extended cylindrical body           
          with helical grooves in the outer surface thereof.  The examiner            
          has cited Saito to show that numerous types of waterblocking                
          materials are well know in the fiber optic cable art.  It is the            
          examiner's conclusion that it would have been obvious to one of             
          ordinary skill in the art to achieve the advantages of                      
          versatility taught by Saito in van der Hoek for the light                   
          waveguide cable, as claimed, since van der Hoek mentions that the           
          migration of water through the grooves which accommodate the                
          optical fibers is also adequately prevented.  See examiner's                
          answer page 4.                                                              
                    Pursuant to 37 CFR 1.192(c)(7) appellant states that              
          all claims on appeal should stand or fall together.  Accordingly,           
          we limit our discussion to claim 1.                                         
                    We have carefully reviewed the rejection on appeal in             
          light of the arguments of the examiner and the appellant.  As a             
          result of this review, we will affirm the examiner's rejection of           
          claims 1 through 5.  Our reasons follow.                                    
                    As an initial matter, we must interpret the claims on             
          appeal.  The preamble of the independent claim on appeal clearly            


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