Ex parte MAIER et al. - Page 8

          Appeal No. 96-2170                                                          
          Application 08/236,570                                                      

          of the Japanese reference (Answer, page 5, lines 10 and 11).                
          However, the specification of the reference is silent as to such            
          a limitation, and our inspection of Figures 2, 4 and 5, which               
          show the covering, indicate that it extends to the edge of the              
          bar, rather than stopping short.                                            
               For the reasons expressed in the preceding paragraphs, it is           
          our view that the combined teachings of the references fail to              
          establish a prima facie case of obviousness with respect to the             
          subject matter recited in the claim, and the rejection will not             
          be sustained.                                                               


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