Ex parte ISHIMARU - Page 8




          Appeal No. 96-0439                                                          
          Application 07/956,497                                                      


          prior art suggested the desirability of the modification."  In              
          re Fritch, 972 F.2d 1260, 1266 n.14, 23 USPQ2d 1780, 1783-84                
          n.14 (Fed. Cir.  1992), citing In re Gordon, 733 F.2d 900,                  
          902, 221 USPQ 1125, 1127 (Fed. Cir. 1984).  "Obviousness may                
          not be established using hindsight or in view of the teachings              
          or suggestions of the inventor."  Para-Ordnance Mfg. v. SGS                 
          Importers Int’l, 73 F.3d at 1087, 37 USPQ2d at 1239, citing W.              
          L. Gore & Assocs., Inc. v. Garlock, Inc., 721 F.2d at 1551,                 
          1553, 220 USPQ at 311, 312-13.  Upon reviewing Appellant’s                  
          admitted prior art shown in Figures 9 and 10 and Nakatani, we               
          fail to find any suggested desirability of modifying                        
          Appellant’s admitted prior art shown in Figures 9 and 10 to                 
          provide a third outlet-terminal group to obtain Appellant’s                 
          invention as recited in claims 1 and 2.                                     
               In regard to the rejection of claim 3 under 35 U.S.C.                 
          103 as being unpatentable over Appellant’s admitted prior art               
          shown in Figures 9 and 10 and Nakatani in further in view of                
          Ozaki, we note that the Examiner relies on Nakatani for the                 
          teaching of a third outlet-terminal group.  Thereby, we will                
          not sustain this rejection for the same reasoning as above.                 

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