Ex parte RING - Page 2




          Appeal No. 96-3968                                                          
          Application No. 08/117,669                                                  


                                     BACKGROUND                                       
               The appellant's invention relates to a form burster.  Claims           
          1 and 15 are representative of the subject matter on appeal and a           
          copy of those claims, as they appear in the appellant's brief, is           
          attached to this decision.                                                  


               The prior art references of record relied upon by the                  
          examiner as evidence of anticipation under 35 U.S.C.  102 (b)              
          and obviousness under 35 U.S.C.  103 are:                                  
          Hageman                  2,513,093                June 27, 1950             
          Jones et al.             3,942,694                March 9, 1976             
          (Jones)                                                                     
          Gergely, Jr. et al.      5,060,838                Oct. 29, 1991             
          (Gergely)                                                                   
          Nakamura et al.          5,104,022                Apr. 14, 1992             
          (Nakamura)                                                                  


               Claim 1 stands rejected under 35 U.S.C.  102(b) as being              
          anticipated by Nakamura.                                                    


               Claims 2, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 15 through 19 stand rejected under            
          35 U.S.C.  103 as being unpatentable over Nakamura.                        


               Claims 6 and 20 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as                
          being unpatentable over Nakamura in view of Jones.                          

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