Ex parte PARADA - Page 12




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


          Additionally, Kato does not disclose the control pads positioned            
          on the gripping member of circular shape as set forth in                    
          independent claims 1 and 6.                                                 


               For the above reasons, the rejection of claims 1, 3, 6 and             
          43, as well as their dependent claims 2, 8, 10 to 15, 20, 38, 40            
          to 42 and 44, as being anticipated by Kato is not sustained.                


          Niemeyer                                                                    
               We do not sustain the rejection of claims 1 to 8, 10 to 12,            
          20, 21, 23, 25 to 33, 35, 37, 38, 43 and 44 under 35 U.S.C.                 
           102(b) as being anticipated by Niemeyer.                                  


               Niemeyer does not disclose a plurality of control pads                 
          positioned in a separate "open at one side recess" as set forth             
          in independent claims 1, 3, 6, 23 and 35.  Additionally, Niemeyer           
          does not disclose (1) the control pads positioned on the gripping           
          member of circular shape as set forth in independent claims 1, 6            
          and 23, (2) the control pads positioned on the hub member of                
          generally circular shape as set forth in independent claim 3, and           
          (3) the devices being controlled being selected from a group                
          consisting of a radio, air conditioning, heater, defroster,                 

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