Ex parte RING - Page 8




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


          suggested by the prior art applied by the examiner, we will not             
          sustain the examiner's rejection of claim 20 under                          
          35 U.S.C.  103 as being unpatentable over Nakamura in view of              
          Jones.                                                                      


               We will sustain the examiner's rejection of claims 1, 2, 9,            
          22, 24 and 26 under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being unpatentable over              
          Gergely in view of Hageman.  With regard to these claims, we                
          agree with the examiner's determination (answer, p. 8) that it              
          would have been obvious to one having ordinary skill in the art             
          to provide Gergely with a stationary breaker blade as suggested             
          and taught by Hageman.  Further, with regard to claims 2 and 22,            
          we agree with the examiner's  determination (answer, pp. 8-9)               
          that it would have been obvious to one having ordinary skill in             
          the art that the fixed gap of Gergely would have been between               
          about 0.005-0.008 inches.  Further, with regard to claim 24, we             
          agree with the examiner's  determination (answer, p. 9) that it             
          would have been obvious to one having ordinary skill in the art             
          to adapt Gergely's burster to process business forms of a paper             
          weight of 32 lbs. or less since one of ordinary skill in the art            
          would readily adapt the burster of Gergely to business forms of             
          varying paper weights.                                                      

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