Ex parte LARIVIERE - Page 7

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

          inherency, each and every element of a claimed invention.  See              
          RCA Corp. v. Applied Digital Data Systems, Inc., 730 F.2d 1440,             
          1444, 221 USPQ 385, 388 (Fed. Cir. 1984).                                   

                    As a further point, we note, as appellant has, that               
          Smith also does not include a teaching or disclosure of the                 

          "struts" set forth in claim 1, and clearly does not have the bend           
          that extends the furcations in a forward direction "located in              
          the lower half of said furcations" as set forth in dependent                
          claims 2 and 8 on appeal.                                                   

                    With further regard to independent claim 1, we must               
          agree with appellant that there is no disclosure whatsoever in              
          Smith of providing a bend in the lower limbs of the furcations of           
          a bicycle fork that extends said furcations in a forward                    
          direction and "converts a long fork to a twenty inch fork," as              
          set forth in the claim.  Based on appellant's disclosure, it is             
          clear that this limitation requires a long fork (i.e., a 26 inch            
          springer fork) that is subsequently provided with a bend at a               
          location in the lower limbs of the furcations to thereby convert            


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