Ex parte HALE - Page 3




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


               The references of record relied upon by the examiner                   
          in rejections of the claims under 35 U.S.C.  103 are:                      
          Sherk                         1,511,915           Oct. 14, 1924             
          Carpenter, Sr. (Carpenter)    3,042,288           July  3, 1962             
          Sproull et al. (Sproull)      3,291,362           Dec. 13, 1966             
          Hancock                       3,854,269           Dec. 17, 1974             
          DeForest et al. (DeForest)    4,157,147           June  5, 1979             
          Linnemann                     4,881,683           Nov. 21, 1989             

               Claims 6 through 9 and 22 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.               
           103 as being unpatentable over Sproull in view of Carpenter,              
          Hancock and Sherk.                                                          
               Claim 13 stands rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being                
          unpatentable over Sproull in view of Carpenter, Hancock, Sherk              
          and DeForest.                                                               
               Claims 14 and 23 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as               
          being unpatentable over Sproull in view of Carpenter, Hancock,              
          Sherk and Linnemann.                                                        
               Rather than reiterate the examiner's statement of the                  
          above rejections and the conflicting viewpoints advanced by the             
          examiner and the appellant, we refer to pages 3 through 8 of the            
          examiner's answer and to pages 3 through 9 of the appellant's               
          brief for the full exposition thereof.                                      




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