Ex parte PAUL A. HUMMEL - Page 2




          Appeal No. 96-2653                                                          
          Application No. 08/395,681                                                  


                                     BACKGROUND                                       
               The appellant's invention relates to a vibration isolation             
          grommet.  Claim 1 is representative of the subject matter on                
          appeal and a copy thereof 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:              
          Schmitt                  3,128,999                Apr. 14, 1964             
          Stewart et al.           3,350,042                Oct. 31, 1967             
          (Stewart)                                                                   



               Claims 1 and 2 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being           
          unpatentable over Schmitt in view of Stewart.                               


               Rather than reiterate the conflicting viewpoints advanced by           
          the examiner and the appellant regarding the  103 rejection, we            
          make reference to the examiner's answer (Paper No. 8, remailed              
          March 5, 1996) for the examiner's complete reasoning in support             
          of the rejection, and to the appellant's brief (Paper No. 7,                
          filed January 22, 1996) for the appellant's arguments                       
          thereagainst.                                                               



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