Ex parte LYLES et al. - Page 7




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



          1970).  Therefore, we will not sustain the examiner's rejection             
          of claims 1 through 5, 20 and 21 under 35 U.S.C.  112, second              
          paragraph.                                                                  


                    We next look to the examiner's prior art rejections of            
          the appealed claims under 35 U.S.C.  102(b).  With regard to               
          Gardner, it is the examiner's opinion, that                                 


                    Gardner discloses a golf car with a                               
                    chassis, and electric dive [sic, drive]                           
                    system comprising a set of drive                                  
                    batteries, an electric motor and a rear                           
                    axle assembly connected to the electric                           
                    motor connecting the electric motor                               
                    drive system to the drive axle and all                            
                    assemblies substantially entirely in the                          
                    drive system receiving area (answer,                              
                    page 5).                                                          
          With regard to Westmont and Lanius, the examiner has indicated              
          that each of these references discloses "a golf car chassis with            
          an internal combustion engine and a drive assembly connected to             
          the rear axle assembly" (answer, page 5).                                   


                    Noticeably absent from the examiner's comments                    
          regarding the applied prior art references is any mention of a              
          "method of assembling a golf car" as is defined in claims 1                 

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