Ex parte PARADA - Page 10




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


                              The indefiniteness issue                                
               We do not sustain the rejection of claims 1 to 8, 10 to 15,            
          20 to 33, 35, 37, 38 and 40 to 44 under 35 U.S.C.  112, second             
          paragraph.                                                                  


               Claims are considered to be definite, as required by the               
          second paragraph of 35 U.S.C.  112, when they define the metes             
          and bounds of a claimed invention with a reasonable degree of               
          precision and particularity.  See In re Venezia, 530 F.2d 956,              
          189 USPQ 149, 151 (CCPA 1976).                                              


               Initially, we note that claims 3, 8 and 21 have been amended           
          subsequent to the final rejection to delete the language which              
          the examiner found to be objectionable.                                     


               As to the language still at issue (final rejection, pp.6-7),           
          it is our opinion that the language at issue can be understood              
          when read in light of the disclosure for the reasons set forth by           
          the appellant (brief, pp. 37-52).  With regard to claim 35, it is           
          our opinion that the phrase "at least one positioned internally             
          relative said gripping member connecting member connecting said             
          gripping member with a steering column" would be interpreted by             

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