Ex parte ARVIDSSON - Page 7

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

          pivoted to a plate 33 on the carrier such that it would be in               
          tension when clamped.                                                       
               Appellant, incorrectly assuming that spot welds 21 are                 
          rivets, argues that the Dutschka '718 device would require                  
          modification of the vehicle, contrary to what is recited in the             
          independent claims.  We do not agree.  It is fundamental that               
          claims are to be given their broadest reasonable interpretation             
          consistent with the specification, In re Prater, 415 F.2d 1393,             
          1404, 162 USPQ 541, 550 (CCPA 1969), and must be interpreted as             
          broadly as their terms reasonably allow.  In re Zletz, 893 F.2d             
          319, 321, 13 USPQ2d 1320, 1322 (Fed. Cir. 1989).  In the present            
          case, the only specific reference we find in the specification to           
          modification of the vehicle is the statement on page 2, lines 11            
          to 18, to the effect that the device of the invention “permits              
          permanent fastening of a clamping unit on the body without any              
          modificational intervention therein.”  Appellant states on page 3           
          of the brief that                                                           
               by providing an anchorage portion that fixes the device                
               only on preexisting portions of the vehicle, the device                
               offers the advantage of avoiding the necessity of                      
               diminishing the structural integrity or marring the                    
               appearance of the vehicle through the use of special                   
               purpose anchorage structures that involve riveting,                    
               bolting, welding, or otherwise attaching the devices to                
               a vehicle in a manner that necessitates modifying the                  
               vehicle itself.                                                        


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