Ex parte BRANHAM et al. - Page 2




          Appeal No. 96-2780                                                          
          Application 08/162,362                                                      


          passenger seating unit.  Claims 2 and 13 are illustrated of the             
          claims on appeal and read as follows:                                       
               2.  A support frame for a vehicle passenger seating unit               
          which provides a plurality of seat locations abreast, said                  
          support frame comprising two transverse parallel beams joined by            
          a plurality of spaced parallel longitudinal members substantially           
          perpendicular to said beams, said longitudinal members defining             
          elongated first portions having bores in which said beams extend,           
          and wherein at least the longitudinal member at one side of said            
          support frame is a one-piece member that includes an integral               
          second portion which extends away from said first portion and an            
          integral third portion which is elongated and extends away from             
          said second portion and generally in parallel with said first               
          portion, said third portion providing at least a major part of an           
          armrest.                                                                    
               13.   A one-piece longitudinal member for use in a                     
          support frame for a vehicle passenger seating unit that includes            
          a plurality of spaced, parallel beams, said longitudinal member             
          defining an elongated first portion having a plurality of                   
          openings in which said plurality of beams can extend so as to               
          connect said beams to said longitudinal member, an integral                 
          second portion which extends away from said first portion, and an           
          integral third portion which is elongated and extends away from             
          said second portion and generally in parallel with said first               
          portion, said third portion constituting an integral armrest                
          part.                                                                       


                                    THE PRIOR ART                                     
               The following references were relied on by the examiner:               
          Marrujo et al. (Marrujo ‘441)  4,440,441          Apr. 3, 1984              
          Moscovitch               4,603,903                Aug. 5, 1986              
                                   THE REJECTIONS                                     
               Claim 17 stands rejected under 35 U.S.C.  102(b) as being             
          anticipated by Marrujo ‘441.  Claims 2, 3 and 6-15 stand rejected           
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