Ex parte CHRISTENSON - Page 3




          Appeal No. 2000-0006                                       Page 3           
          Application No. 08/868,480                                                  


                                     BACKGROUND                                       
               The appellant's invention relates to an improved tag axle              
          system (specification, p. 1).  A copy of the claims under                   
          appeal is set forth in the appendix to the appellant's reply                
          brief.                                                                      


               The prior art references of record relied upon by the                  
          examiner in rejecting the appealed claims (i.e., the applied                
          prior art) are:                                                             
          Christenson                   5,090,495                Feb. 25,             
          1992                                                                        
          Gottschalk et al.             5,403,031                April 4,             
          1995                                                                        
          (Gottschalk)                            (filed Dec. 8, 1993)                
          Tweedie                       229,651                  Oct.  9,             
          1958                                                                        
                                        (Australia)                                   



               Claims 3, 5, 6, 12, 15, 26, 31 to 33, 36, 39, 40 and 46                
          stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being unpatentable                  
          over Christenson in view of Gottschalk and Tweedie.                         











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