Ex parte LYLES et al. - Page 5




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



          (Paper No. 13, filed September 8, 1995) for appellants'                     
          arguments thereagainst.                                                     





          OPINION                                                                     
                    In reaching our decision in this appeal, we have given            
          careful consideration to appellants' specification and claims, to           
          the applied prior art references, and to the respective positions           
          articulated by appellants and the examiner.  As a consequence of            
          our review, we have made the determinations which follow.                   


                    Turning first to the examiner's rejection of claims 1             
          through 5, 20 and 21 under 35 U.S.C.  112, second paragraph, we            
          note that the examiner's position is that                                   
                    [t]he terms "the selected type" or "the                           
                    selected style" or "selected drive                                
                    system" in appellant's [sic] claims are                           
                    vague and indefinite because it is not                            
                    apparent which "selected type" or which                           
                    "selected style" or which "selected                               
                    drive system" is claimed.  Since the                              
                    drive systems and/or styles are mutually                          
                    exclusive the claims cannot recite that                           
                    both systems are operating at the same                            
                    time or that both styles are                                      
                    structurally connected at the same time                           
                    (answer, page 4).                                                 
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