Ex parte CASTEL et al. - Page 3




                 Appeal No. 96-1830                                                                                                                     
                 Application 08/101,668                                                                                                                 


                 said left side section relative to said right side section                                                                             
                 such that said brace encircles the wearer and such that the                                                                            
                 fit of the brace with respect to the wearer may be adjusted;                                                                           
                 and                                                                                                                                    
                          (e) position maintaining means located on said brace so                                                                       
                 as to be adapted to cooperatively engage underlying clothing                                                                           
                 of a user for releasably securing said brace to the clothing                                                                           
                 so as to prevent said brace from being urged upward and out of                                                                         
                 a preselected position during use in both said supporting                                                                              
                 configuration and said non-supporting configuration; said                                                                              
                 position maintaining means comprising first and second loops                                                                           
                 sized and aligned to receive a second pant’s belt that also                                                                            
                 passes through loops of pants of a user when said brace is in                                                                          
                 a user encircling configuration; and said first loop being                                                                             
                 located on said left side section and said second loop being                                                                           
                 located on said right side section and said first and second                                                                           
                 loops are located so that during use said first and second                                                                             
                 loops are located to the front side of the user so as to                                                                               
                 facilitate the placement of said pant’s belt through said                                                                              
                 first and second loops; and further said first and second                                                                              
                 loops being located on said belt inward facing surface.                                                                                
                          The references relied upon by the examiner are:                                                                               
                 Votel et al. (Votel)                         5,176,131                                    Jan.  5, 1993                                
                                                                                (filed Jun. 21, 1990)                                                   
                 Castel et al. (Castel)                  225,188,586                                       Feb. 23, 1993                                

                          Claims 1 through 5 and 23 stand rejected:                                                                                     
                          a) under 35 U.S.C.  102(e) as being anticipated by                                                                           




                          2As indicated in note 1, supra, the instant application                                                                       
                 is the grandchild of the application from which the Castel                                                                             
                 patent issued.                                                                                                                         
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