Ex parte MCCAULEY et al. - Page 2




          Appeal No. 97-0759                                                          
          Application 08/155,564                                                      

                        References Relied on by the Examiner                          
          Karl                          2,623,142      Dec. 23, 1952                  
          Hagberg                       3,169,172      Feb.  9, 1965                  
          Kindred et al (Kindred)       3,629,775      Dec. 21, 1971                  
          Tanaka                        5,151,563      Sep. 29, 1992                  
                              The Rejections on Appeal                                
               Claims 1, 3 and 4  stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as2                                                     
          being unpatentable over Karl and Hagberg.                                   
               Claim 5 stands rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being                 
          unpatentable over Karl, Hagberg and Tanaka.                                 
               Claim 6 stands rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being                 
          unpatentable over Karl, Hagberg, Tanaka and Kindred.                        
                                    The Invention                                     
               The invention is directed to a joystick control structure.             
          The sole independent claim, claim 1, reads as follows:                      
                    1. A joystick control comprising:                                 
                    a ball having an axis on which a contact stem and                 
               joystick stem are aligned, the ball having a spherical                 
               portion from which the contact stem extends and a                      
               frustoconical portion unitary with and axially aligned                 
               with the spherical portion from which the joystick                     
               extends;                                                               
                    a housing having a socket therein for receiving the               
               ball;                                                                  
                    a frustoconical surface in the housing complementing              

           The Examiner’s Answer incorrectly includes canceled claim 2                
          in this group of claims.                                                    

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