Ex parte UMEZAWA et al. - Page 2




                 Appeal No. 95-4588                                                                                                                     
                 Application 08/127,123                                                                                                                 



                 Before MEISTER, FRANKFORT and NASE, Administrative Patent                                                                              
                 Judges.                                                                                                                                
                 FRANKFORT, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                                



                                                           DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                           
                                   This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's                                                                     
                 final rejection of claims 3 through 5, 8 through 10, 12                                                                                
                 through 14 and 16, which are all of the claims remaining in                                                                            
                 this application. Claims 1, 2, 6, 7, 11 and 15 have been                                                                               
                 canceled.2                                                                                                                             


                                   As noted on page 1 of the specification, appellants'                                                                 
                 invention relates to a brake band used for providing a braking                                                                         
                 force to a speed change gear of an automobile, an agricultural                                                                         
                 machine, etc.  Of particular importance is that the lining (1                                                                          
                 in Figures 1 and 2(b)) of the brake band be made of wet                                                                                


                          2Minor amendments to claims 9, 10 and 16 were requested                                                                       
                 in a paper filed November 10, 1994 subsequent to the final                                                                             
                 rejection.  As noted in the advisory action mailed November                                                                            
                 22, 1994 (Paper No. 39), entry of this amendment has overcome                                                                          
                 the rejection under 35 U.S.C.  112, second paragraph, that                                                                            
                 was included in the final rejection (Paper No. 37).                                                                                    
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