Ex parte PARADA - Page 16




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


          Ahrens                                                                      
               We do not sustain the rejection of claims 1 to 4, 6, 8, 10             
          to 15, 20 to 32, 35, 38 and 40 to 44 stand rejected under 35                
          U.S.C.  102(b) as being anticipated by Ahrens.                             


               Ahrens 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, Ahrens             
          does not disclose (1) the gripping member being of circular shape           
          as set forth in independent claims 1, 3, 4, 6, 23 and 35, (2) the           
          control pads positioned on the gripping member as set forth in              
          independent claims 1, 6 and 23, (3) the control means positioned            
          on the hub member of generally circular shape as set forth in               
          independent claim 35, and (4) the control pads which do not                 
          project beyond the gripping surface as set forth in independent             
          claims 1 and 23.                                                            


               For the above reasons, the rejection of claims 1, 3, 4, 6,             
          23 and 35, as well as their dependent claims 2, 8, 10 to 15, 20             
          to 22, 24 to 32, 38 and 40 to 44 as being anticipated by Ahrens             
          is not sustained.                                                           


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