Ex parte ARVIDSSON - Page 8

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

          We agree that diminishing the structural integrity of the                   
          vehicle, as by forming holes for the reception of bolts, rivets,            
          etc., would not constitute a modification of the vehicle “only              
          ... to the extent that the device is anchored thereto,” as                  
          claimed.  However, we do not agree that this language would                 
          exclude devices that are attached to the vehicle by welding or              
          gluing.  Such means of attachment would not diminish the                    
          vehicle's structural integrity, nor would it mar the vehicle's              
          appearance any more than would be done by the attachment of any             
          anchorage device, including appellant's.                                    
               Accordingly, we conclude that the device 19 of Dutschka                
          '718, being spot welded to the vehicle, has an anchorage portion            
          which anchors the device “such that the vehicle need only be                
          modified to the extent that the device is anchored thereto,” as             
          claimed.  We further conclude that, for the reasons discussed               
          above, it would have been obvious in view of Morsch or Rauthmann            
          to make the Dutschka '718 device 19 of such length as to extend             
          its engagement member outside the contour of the vehicle.                   
               This rejection of claims 1, 6, 11, 16 and 21 will be                   
          sustained.  However, it will not be sustained as to claims 2, 4,            
          7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 22, 25 and 26, each of which recites                 
          limitations which would not have been obvious from the                      


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