Ex parte LARIVIERE - Page 2

          Appeal No. 96-0324                                                          
          Application 08/045,747                                                      

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
                    This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's                  
          final rejection of claims 1 through 16 and 18, which are all of             
          the claims remaining in this application.  Claim 17 has been                

                    Appellant's invention relates to an improvement in a              
          "springer fork" for a bicycle and, more particularly, to a kit              
          including such an improved fork which is used for safely                    
          converting a standard bicycle having a springer fork to a "low              
          rider" style bicycle with a modified springer fork.  According to           
          appellant's specification (pages 1-2), "[m]aking a low rider                
          involves giving the bicycle a longer and lower look" wherein it             
          is the specially bent fork "that principally contributes the                
          longer and lower look that defines a low rider."  As noted in               
          the paragraph bridging pages 3 and 4 of the specification one               
          very popular type of fork for low riders is the "springer fork,"            
          which was originally made by Schwinn.  It is also indicated                 
                    [t]o convert the springer fork to a low rider                     
                    fork, the common practice is to bend the fork                     


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