Ex parte ARVIDSSON - Page 2




                Appeal No. 95-3114                                                                                                            
                Application 08/051,800                                                                                                        


                         The appealed subject matter concerns a device for fastening                                                          
                a load carrier to the roof of a vehicle.  The independent claims                                                              
                on appeal, claims 1, 6, 11, 16 and 21, are reproduced in the                                                                  
                appendix hereto.                                                                                                              
                         The references applied by the examiner in the final                                                                  
                rejection are:2                                                                                                               
                Dutschka et al. (Dutschka '718)                            2933718                  Mar. 12, 1981                             
                (German patent)                                                                                                               
                Morsch (German patent)                                     3034226                  Apr. 15, 1982                             
                Dutschka et al. (Dutschka '424)                            3018424                  May  13, 1982                             
                (German patent)                                                                                                               
                Rauthmann et al. (Rauthmann)                               3306360                  Sep.  6, 1984                             
                (German patent)                                                                                                               
                Barbero (European application)                             0177758                  Apr. 16, 1986                             
                Riehle et al. (Riehle)                                     457073                   Nov. 25, 1986                             
                (Swedish patent)                                                                                                              
                Tittel (European application)                              0278435                  Aug. 17, 1988                             

                         The claims stand rejected as follows:                                                                                
                1.       Claims 1, 6 and 21, anticipated by Morsch, Rauthmann or                                                              
                Dutschka '424, under 35 U.S.C.  102(b);                                                                                      
                2.       Claims 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 10 to 12, 15 to 17, 20 to 22, 25 and                                                           
                26, unpatentable over either of Riehle or Dutschka '718 in view                                                               
                of either Morsch or Rauthmann, under 35 U.S.C.  103;                                                                         


                         2Although appellant and the examiner refer to the                                                                    
                references by number, we will for convenience refer to them by                                                                
                the name of the inventor.  Translations of the six references                                                                 
                which are not in English (all but Barbero), prepared for the PTO,                                                             
                are enclosed herewith.                                                                                                        
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