Ex parte STONEHAM et al. - Page 2




          Appeal No. 96-0362                                                          
          Application No. 07/909,350                                                  


               Appellants’ Claim 1 is reproduced as follows:                          
                    1.   A magnetic reading and/or recording apparatus                
                    comprising a magnetic reading and/or recording head for           
                    reading and/or recording information from/on a magnetic           
                    information track on photosensitive material having a             
                    natural longitudinal curl which when longitudinally               
                    straightened assumes an inherent transverse curl; and             
                    edge follower means attached to said magnetic reading             
                    and/or recording head for tracking a longitudinal edge            
                    of the photosensitive material in response to movement            
                    of the photosensitive material; is characterized in               
                    that:                                                             
                         means are aligned with said edge follower means              
                    for bending the photosensitive material perpendicular             
                    to the transverse curl to eliminate the transverse curl           
                    of the photosensitive material.                                   


               The Examiner’s Answer lists the following prior art:                   
          Dwyer et al. (Dwyer)          5,016,030      May 14,  1991                  
          Tamamura et al. (Tamamura)    5,097,278      Mar. 17, 1992                  


                                       OPINION                                        
               Claims 1-3 and 7 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  102(a) as            
          anticipated by Tamamura.  Claim 1-3, 6, and 7 stand rejected                
          under 35 U.S.C.  102(a) as anticipated by Dwyer.  Examiner’s               
          Answer at 4.  The rejection of the remaining claims (Claims 4-6             
          and 8-12) was withdrawn.  Examiner’s Answer at 7.                           



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