Ex parte MOORMAN - Page 4




          Appeal No. 95-3406                                                          
          Application 07/940,016                                                      



          paragraphs, and under 35 U.S.C.  102(b), pursuant to the                   
          provisions of 37 CFR  1.196(b).  Our reasoning for this                    
          determination follows.                                                      
               At the outset, we observe that appealed claim 6 recites,               
          inter alia, an opening "defined by two pairs of opposing sides,             
          one pair of which slopes from top to bottom to define a flow                
          means, said pair terminating in a ridge means" (emphasis added).            
          The only appearance of the term "ridge means" found in                      
          appellant’s disclosure as originally filed is in original claim             
          3.  Although there is no other specific description to define the           
          term "ridge means" in the disclosure as originally filed, it is             
          clear to us from the description of the "second port 44" which              
          "slopes downward" as discussed on page 37 of the specification as           
          originally filed, when read with reference to Figure 3a of the              
          drawings as originally filed, that the opposing sides with the              
          indicia 46, 47 slope downwardly and terminate in opposing edges             
          that define longitudinal edges of the port 44.  These edges                 
          inherently have some finite thickness, although not depicted in             
          any view of the drawings, which we interpret to be the claimed              
          "ridge means" consistent with the common definition for the term            
          "ridge" which is "1.  The long, narrow upper section or crest of            
          something: ridge of a wave," The American Heritage Dictionary,              
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