Ex parte TAKAHATA et al. - Page 2




               Appeal No. 96-2202                                                                                                      
               Application 08/117,088                                                                                                  


                       This is an appeal from the final rejection of claims 2 and 4                                                    
               through 10.  In an Amendment After Final  (paper number 17),    2                                                       
               claims 5 and 8 were amended, and claims 2 and 4 were canceled.                                                          
               Accordingly, claims 5 through 10 remain before us on appeal.                                                            
                       The disclosed invention relates to a superconducting bearing                                                    
               device.                                                                                                                 
                       Claim 5 is illustrative of the claimed invention, and it                                                        
               reads as follows:                                                                                                       
                       5. A superconducting bearing device comprising:                                                                 
                       a rotary body;                                                                                                  
                       an annular permanent magnet portion disposed concentrically                                                     
               with the rotary body, the permanent magnet portion having an end                                                        
               face, the permanent magnet portion being provided on the rotary                                                         
               body such that the magnetic flux distribution does not alter                                                            
               around the axis of the rotary body, the permanent magnet portion                                                        
               comprising a disk fixedly mounted on the rotary body and a                                                              
               plurality of annular permanent magnets arranged on the disk at a                                                        
               spacing radially of the rotary body, each of the permanent                                                              
               magnets having axially opposite ends magnetized to polarities                                                           
               opposite to each other, the permanent magnets adjacent to each                                                          
               other being magnetized to polarities opposite to each other at                                                          
               their ends positioned toward the same axial direction, and the                                                          
               permanent magnets being spaced from each other 0.2 to 1.0 times                                                         
               their width as measured radially; and                                                                                   
                       a superconductor opposed to the end face of the permanent                                                       
               magnet portion and spaced apart therefrom axially of the rotary                                                         
               body, the superconductor being arranged at a position spaced                                                            
               apart from the permanent magnet portion and permitting a                                                                


                       2In view of the amendment, the 35 U.S.C.  102(a) rejection                                                     
               of claims 2 and 5 through 7 was withdrawn.                                                                              
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