Ex parte RING - Page 6




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


               We will sustain the examiner's rejection of claims 15                  
          through 17 under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being unpatentable over                 
          Nakamura.  We will also sustain the examiner's rejection of claim           
          21 under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being unpatentable over Nakamura in             
          view of Hageman.  These claims only require that the slow speed             
          rolls have a gap therebetween, not a "fixed gap" as recited in              
          the claims previously considered.  With regard to these claims,             
          we agree with the examiner's  determination (answer, p. 5) that             
          it would have been obvious to one having ordinary skill in the              
          art to adapt Nakamura's burster to (1) process business forms of            
          a paper weight of 32 lbs. or less, or more specifically, 16-32              
          lbs., and (2) utilize a transport speed of about 600 fpm since              
          discovering an optimum range or value involves only routine skill           
          in the art.                                                                 


               Implicit in these rejections is the examiner’s view that the           
          above noted modification of Nakamura would have resulted in a               
          method which corresponds to the method recited in claims 15                 
          through 17 and 21 in all respects.                                          


               The appellant has not presented any argument with respect to           
          claims 15 through 17 and 21.  The arguments presented in section            

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