Ex parte SHIELDS E AL. - Page 2




          Appeal No. 2000-1625                                                        
          Application No. 08/942,618                                                  


               The references applied in the final rejection are:                     
          Haines                   192,759                 Jul.  3, 1877              
          Schwarz                  818,565                 Apr. 24, 1906              
          Verse                  1,687,531                 Oct. 16, 1928              
          Bowman                 5,499,427                 Mar. 19, 1996              
               The claims on appeal stand finally rejected on the                     
          following grounds:                                                          
               (1) Claims 1 to 4, anticipated by Haines, under 35 U.S.C.              
           102(b).                                                                   
               (2) Claims 1 to 4, unpatentable over Haines, under 35                  
          U.S.C.  103(a).                                                            
               (3) Claims 8 and 9, unpatentable over Haines in view of                
          Schwarz, under 35 U.S.C.  103(a).                                          
               (4) Claims 1 to 7, unpatentable over Verse in view of                  
          Bowman, under 35 U.S.C.  103(a).                                           
                                   Rejection (1)                                      
               This rejection will not be sustained.  The claims call                 
          for a porcelain knob, while Haines discloses a glass knob.                  
          The examiner states that "glass [is] a broad term which                     
          encompasses porcelain" (answer, page 6), but even assuming                  
          this to be true, Haines' disclosure of glass does not                       
          anticipate porcelain because                                                
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