Ex parte EHRLICH - Page 3




          Appeal No. 96-3263                                                          
          Application No. 08/363,594                                                  


                                     BACKGROUND                                       
               The appellant's invention relates to a cargo securement                
          assembly.  Claim 1 is representative of the subject matter on               
          appeal and a copy of claim 1, as it appears in the appellant's              
          brief, 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:              
          Watts                    3,252,681                May  24, 1966             
          Berns                    3,685,778                Aug. 22, 1972             
          Ehrlich                  4,810,027                March 7, 1989             
          ANCRA International Designer and Manufacturer of Cargo Restraint            
          Systems (ANCRA); Catalog No. 206; pp. 16-23; October 1987                   


               Claims 1 through 4 and 6 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.                
           103 as being unpatentable over ANCRA Part No. 43451-11 and                
          Series F track in view of Berns.                                            


               Claim 5 stands rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being                 
          unpatentable over ANCRA Part No. 43451-11 and Series F track in             
          view of Berns as applied to claims 1 through 4 and 6 above, and             
          further in view of Watts.                                                   



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