Ex parte JAMES ZAGUROLI, JR. - Page 3




          Appeal No. 97-0750                                                          
          Application 08/329,219                                                      



          item/part densities.  These improvements are brought about by               
          including an adjustably compressed auxiliary bellows in fluid               
          communication with the load platform supporting bellows in a                



          conventional lift table, like that of U.S. Patent No. 5,299,906.            
          Appellant's invention also relates to a method of supporting a              
          load of parts utilizing the lift table noted above.  Claims 1               
          and 7 are representative of the subject matter on appeal and a              
          copy of those claims, as they appear in the Appendix to                     
          appellant's brief, is attached to this decision.                            


                    The prior art references of record relied upon by the             
          examiner as evidence of obviousness of the claimed subject matter           
          are:                                                                        
          Grassl et al. (Grassl)           4,461,444         July 24, 1984            
          Richter et al. (Richter)         5,193,788         Mar. 16, 1993            


                    Claims 1, 2 and 6 through 8 stand rejected under                  
          35 U.S.C.  103 as being unpatentable over Grassl in view of                
          Richter.                                                                    



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