Ex parte PARADA - Page 3




                Appeal No. 97-1025                                                                                                            
                Application No. 08/183,571                                                                                                    


                                                              BACKGROUND                                                                      
                         The appellant's invention relates to a steering wheel.                                                               
                Claims 4 and 6 are representative of the subject matter on appeal                                                             
                and a copy of those claims, as they appear in the appendix to the                                                             
                appellant's brief, is attached to this decision.                                                                              


                         The prior art references of record relied upon by the                                                                
                examiner as evidence of anticipation under 35 U.S.C.  102(b) or                                                              
                obviousness under 35 U.S.C.  103 are:                                                                                        
                Scheibert                                 1,103,438                                 July 14, 1914                             
                Ahrens                                    2,863,015                                 Dec.  2, 1958                             
                Kato et al. (Kato)                        4,374,310                                 Feb. 15, 1983                             
                Rose                                      218,330 (UK)                              Aug. 20, 1925                             
                Niemeyer      3                           2,936,350 (Germany)                       Mar. 26, 1981                             



                         Claims 1, 2, 5, 12 to 15, 21 to 29 and 37 stand rejected                                                             
                under 35 U.S.C.  112, first paragraph, as the specification, as                                                              
                originally filed, does not provide support for the invention as                                                               
                is now claimed.                                                                                                               




                         3In determining the teachings of Niemeyer, we will rely on                                                           
                the translation provided by Schreiber Translations, Inc.  A copy                                                              
                of the translation is attached for the appellant's convenience.                                                               
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