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          Appeal No. 96-2302                                                          
          Application 08/260,058                                                      


                    In rejecting appellant's claims under 35 U.S.C.                   
           102(e), the examiner has relied upon the reference listed                 
          below:                                                                      
          Preller et al.           5,213,458                May 25, 1993              
          (Preller)                (effective filing date July 27, 1990)              
                                                                                     
                    The following rejection is the sole rejection on                  
          appeal.                                                                     
                    Claim 9 stands rejected under 35 U.S.C.  102(e) as               
          being anticipated by Preller.                                               
                    The full text of the examiner's rejection and response            
          to the argument presented by appellant appears in the answer                
          (Paper No. 19), while the complete statement of appellant's                 
          argument can be found in the brief (Paper No. 18).                          


                                       OPINION                                        
                    In reaching our conclusion on the anticipation issue              
          raised in this appeal, this panel of the board has carefully                
          considered appellant's specification and claims, the applied                
          reference, and the respective viewpoints of appellant and the               
          examiner.  As a consequence of our review, we make the                      
          determination which follows.                                                



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