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             Appeal No. 2000-0510                                                                                   
             Application No. 08/792,966                                                                             


                                                 BACKGROUND                                                         
                    The appellant's invention relates to a chassis for commercial vehicles in which a low           
             floor is required.  An understanding of the invention can be derived from a reading of                 
             exemplary claim 1, which appears in the appendix to the appellant's brief.                             
                    The prior art references of record relied upon by the examiner in rejecting the appealed        
             claims are:                                                                                            
             Cilley                            1,251,749                         Jan.   1, 1918                     
             Anglada (Anglada '405)            1,481,405                         Jan.  22, 1924                     
             Anglada (Anglada '044)            1,543,044                         Jun.  23, 1925                     
             Hawkins                           4,807,716                         Feb. 28, 1989                      
                    The following rejections are before us for review.                                              
             (1)    Claims 1 through 4 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  112, second paragraph, as being             
             indefinite for failing to particularly point out and distinctly claim the subject matter which the     
             appellant regards as the invention.                                                                    
             (2)    Claims 1 and 4 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103(a) as being unpatentable over               
             Anglada '405 in view of Hawkins.                                                                       
             (3)    Claims 1, 3 and 4 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103(a) as being unpatentable over            
             Anglada '044 in view of Hawkins.                                                                       
             (4)    Claims 1, 2 and 4 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103(a) as being unpatentable over            
             Anglada '405 in view of Cilley.                                                                        



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