Ex parte POTTER - Page 3




          Appeal No. 96-1881                                                          
          Application No. 08/095,476                                                  


                                     BACKGROUND                                       
               The appellant's invention relates to a shoe sole.  Claims 37           
          and 40 are representative of the subject matter on appeal and a             
          copy of those claims, as they appear in the appendix to the                 
          appellant's brief, is attached to this decision.                            


               The prior art references of record relied upon by the                  
          examiner as evidence of obviousness under 35 U.S.C.  103 are:              
          Reed                          2,677,906                     May             
          11, 1954                                                                    
          Casey et al. (Casey) 4,049,854                                              
          Sep. 20, 1977                                                               
          Rudy (Rudy '945)              4,219,945                                     
          Sep.  2, 1980                                                               
          Rudy (Rudy '250)              4,287,250                                     
          Sep.  1, 1981                                                               
          Vermeulen                     4,999,931                                     
          Mar. 19, 1991                                                               

          Bolla                    2,050,145                     Jan.                 
          7, 1981                                                                     
                              (United Kingdom)                                        



               Claims 37 through 39, 45, 46 and 48 stand rejected under               



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