Ex parte LYLES et al. - Page 3




          Appeal No. 96-1692                                                          
          Application 08/156,811                                                      



                    demand, without having to reconfigure                             
                    the assembly line for the different                               
                    types of cars.                                                    


                    Independent claims 1 and 21 are representative of the             
          claimed subject matter and read as follows:                                 
                    1.  A method of assembling a golf car comprising steps            
          of:                                                                         
                    providing a golf car chassis having a general block               
          shaped drive system receiving area;                                         
                    selecting a type of drive system from a group of drive            
          system types consisting of an electric motor drive system and an            
          internal combustion engine drive system; and                                
                    connecting a drive system of the selected type of drive           
          system to the chassis in the drive system receiving area.                   
                    21.  A method of assembling a land vehicle comprising             
          steps of:                                                                   
                    providing a vehicle chassis;                                      
                    selecting a drive system from a group of drive systems,           
          the group of drive systems comprising an electric motor type and            
          an internal combustion engine type; and                                     
                    connecting the selected drive system to the chassis.              


                    The references of record relied upon by the examiner in           
          rejections of the appealed claims under 35 U.S.C.  102(b) are:             
          Westmont                      3,108,481          Oct.  29, 1963             
          Gardner                       3,608,659          Sept. 28, 1971             
          Lanius et al. (Lanius)        4,930,591          June   5, 1990             
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