Ex parte RING - Page 11




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


               Under the provisions of 37 CFR  1.196(b), we enter the                
          following new ground of rejection:                                          
               Claims 3 and 4 are rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being             
          unpatentable over Gergely in view of Hageman for the reasons set            
          forth above with respect to the  103 rejections of claims 1 and            
          2 based on Gergely and Hageman and the additional reasons set               
          forth below.                                                                


               Claim 3 depends on claim 2 (addressed previously) and adds             
          the limitation that the high speed rolls are spring biased                  
          together.  As set forth above, we agree with the examiner that an           
          artisan would have interpreted the zigzagged line above roller 34           
          in Figures 6 and 7 of Gergely as being a representation of a                
          spring to bias roller 34 towards roller 36 and that, in any                 
          event, Hageman would have suggested the use of spring biased high           
          speed rollers.  Accordingly, it would have been further obvious             
          to one having ordinary skill in the art to spring bias Gergely's            
          rollers 34 and 36 together as suggested by Hageman's spring                 
          biased rolls 50 and 48.                                                     


               Claim 4 depends on claim 1 (addressed previously) and adds             
          the limitation that the fixed gap is about 0.007 inches.  As set            

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