Ex parte MIMEUR et al. - Page 2




          Appeal No. 96-0987                                                          
          Application No. 08/226,467                                                  


                    8. Iron-type golf club head comprising a hollow metal             
          body incorporating an internal cavity delimited by a plurality of           
          walls, including an impact wall attached peripherally at all                
          points to other walls, wherein said impact wall has an internal             
          surface coated with a thin layer of a viscoelastic resin having             
          damping properties, said resin layer only partially filling said            
          internal cavity and having a specific gravity between 1 and 2,              
          said layer being adapted for molding under low pressure or by               
          gravity using a reaction injection molding process (RIM).                   

                    The references of record relied upon by the examiner in           
          rejections of the claims under 35 U.S.C.  103 are:                         
          Yoneyama                      4,635,941           Jan. 13, 1987             
          Molitor et al. (Molitor)      4,762,322           Aug.  9, 1988             
          Fenton et al. (Fenton)        5,290,036           Mar.  1, 1994             
          Hutin et al.   (Hutin)        5,316,298           May  31, 1994             
          (Filed Apr. 14, 1993)                                                       
          Desbiolles et al.             2,238,251           May  29, 1991             
          (Desbiolles)(Great Britain)                                                 

                    Claims 8 and 12 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as           
          being unpatentable over Desbiolles in view of Fenton and Molitor.           
                    Claims 9, 10 and 11 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.                
           103 as being unpatentable over Desbiolles in view of Fenton,              
          Molitor and Hutin.                                                          
                    Claims 13 and 14 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103             
          as being unpatentable over Desbiolles in view of Fenton, Molitor            
          and Yoneyama.                                                               
                    Rather than reiterate the examiner's statement of the             
          above rejections and the conflicting viewpoints advanced by the             
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