Ex parte HALE - Page 2




          Appeal No. 96-1604                                                          
          Application 08/272,906                                                      


          application, stand withdrawn from further consideration by the              
          examiner pursuant to the provisions of 37 CFR  1.142(b) as being           
          drawn to a nonelected invention.                                            
               The subject matter on appeal is directed to a collapsible              
          container.  Claim 6 is exemplary of the invention and reads as              
          follows:                                                                    
               6.  An easily collapsible to save space container that                 
          may be readily reassembled without special tools comprising:                
               a plurality of reusable identical and nestable U-shaped                
          continuously slightly curved and convex relatively rigid molded             
          sidewalls and rounded corners, each sidewall being defined                  
          between two longitudinal edges;                                             
               an equal plurality of reusable H-shaped connectors for                 
          connecting said sidewalls by said edges to form a generally                 
          rectangular tubular body with slightly curved and convex                    
          sidewalls connected with rounded corners each of said edges                 
          being located intermediate a sidewall and between a pair of                 
          rounded corners, said connectors having grooves so shaped and               
          dimensioned to form an interference fit with said edges so that             
          the side walls and connectors may be assembled and disassembled             
          without special tools;                                                      
               a top member including a top plate and a top skirt extending           
          below said top plate and arranged and constructed to form an                
          interference fit with said tubular body when said tubular body is           
          telescopically joined to said top member; and                               
               a bottom member including a bottom plate and a bottom skirt            
          extending above said bottom plate and arranged and constructed to           
          form an interference fit with said tubular body when said tubular           
          body is telescopically joined to said bottom member.                        




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