Ex parte SKOW et al. - Page 3




          Appeal No. 96-1883                                                          
          Application 08/078,380                                                      


                                   THE REFERENCE                                      
               The sole reference relied upon by the examiner to support              
          the final rejection is:                                                     
          Whelan                   4,299,518                Nov. 10, 1981             


                                   THE REJECTIONS                                     
               Claims 1, 2, 5, 8, 15, 17, 18, 22, 25, 28 through 32, 34 and           
          35 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  112, first paragraph, as                
          being based upon a specification which fails to adequately teach            
          certain aspects of the invention that are recited in these                  
          claims.                                                                     
               Claims 1, 2, 5, 8, 15, 17, 18, 22, 25, 28 through 32, 34 and           
          35 also stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  112, second paragraph,             
          as failing to particularly point out and distinctly claim the               
          subject matter which the appellants regard as their invention.              
               Claims 1, 2, 8, 15, 17, 18, 22, 25, 34 and 35 stand rejected           
          under 35 U.S.C.  102(b) as being anticipated by Whelan.                    
               Claims 5 and 28 through 32 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.              
           103 as being unpatentable over Whelan.                                    
               The rejections are explained in the Examiner's Answer.                 
               The opposing viewpoints of the appellants are set forth in             
          the Replacement Brief.                                                      

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