Ex parte EDWARD F. ALLINA - Page 2

          Appeal No. 97-1002                                                          
          Application 08/014,379                                                      

          This is a decision on the appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134                      
          from the examiner's final rejection of claims 1-27, which                   
          constituted all the claims in the application.  An amendment                
          after final rejection was filed on February 22, 1996 and was                
          entered by the examiner.  This amendment cancelled claims 6-13              
          and 22-27.  An initial (revised) appeal brief was filed on                  
          February 22, 1996 appealing the rejection as to claims 1-5 and              
          14-21.  The examiner entered several new grounds of rejection in            
          response to the appeal brief.  Appellant filed a reply brief on             
          June 21, 1996 in which the appeal was waived (withdrawn) with               
          respect to claims 1-3.  Accordingly, this appeal now involves               
          only claims 4, 5 and 14-21.                                                 
          The claimed invention pertains to a method and apparatus                    
          for protecting an electrical utility watt-hour meter and the                
          corresponding metered circuitry from the damage caused by                   
          transient voltage surges.                                                   
          Representative claim 14 is reproduced as follows:                           
               14.  Transient voltage surge suppression (TVSS) apparatus              
          adapted to protect a watt-hour meter and electrical equipment               
          metered thereby from lightning or switching transient voltage               
          surges, comprising a circuit board                                          
               (i) carrying means substantially non-conductive at normal              
          power voltage but conductive at higher voltages, including                  
          varistors as the sole variable resistance components thereof                
          adapted to clip transient voltage surges and shunt surge currents           
          to ground,                                                                  

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