Ex parte KANNER et al. - Page 4

          Appeal No. 2000-0104                                                        
          Application No. 08/850,647                                                  

          the structural elements of the claims, [the Cerola container]               
          is considered to be inherently capable of the claimed                       
               In interpreting words in a claim,                                      
               the PTO applies to the verbiage of the proposed                        
               claims the broadest reasonable meaning of the words                    
               in their ordinary usage as they would be understood                    
               by one of ordinary skill in the art, taking into                       
               account whatever enlightenment by way of definitions                   
               or otherwise that may be afforded by the written                       
               description contained in the applicant’s                               

          In re Morris, 127 F.3d 1048, 1054, 44 USPQ2d 1023, 1027,                    
          (Fed. Cir. 1997).  Here, with regard to the term “mechanical                
          lock,” the snap-in or friction fit arrangements of Cerola are               
          certainly mechanical, but we do not consider that either of                 
          them constitutes a “lock,” as that term is used in the                      
          appealed claims, since the claimed “lock” is recited as (a)                 
          “for locking retention of the catalyst member thereto,” and                 
          (b) “for preventing removal of the catalyst member from said                
          coupler.”  Giving the words in phrase (a) “their ordinary and               
          accustomed meaning” (In re Paulsen, 30 F.3d 1475, 1480, 31                  
          USPQ2d 1671, 1674 (Fed. Cir. 1992)), the verb “lock” is                     


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