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                      Appeal No. 1995-2698                                                                                                                
                      Application 07/660,807                                                                                                              



                      1038, 1039, 228 USPQ 685, 686 (Fed. Cir. 1986):                                                                                     
                               If a prima facie case is made in the first instance, and if the applicant                                                  
                               comes forward with reasonable rebuttal, whether buttressed by                                                              
                               experiment, prior art references, or argument, the entire merits of the                                                    
                               matter are to be reweighed.  In re Piasecki, 745 F.2d 1468, 1472, 223                                                      
                               USPQ 785, 788 (Fed. Cir. 1984).                                                                                            
                      Here, the examiner has not properly discharged his responsibilities in evaluating                                                   
                      appellant’s evidence of nonobviousness.  This board serves a board of review.                                                       
                      35 U.S.C.  6(b).  Without a substantative response to appellant’s evidence of                                                      
                      nonobviousness, the examiner’s position is not amenable to review.  As a                                                            
                      consequence, we will reverse the two pending rejections under 35 U.S.C.  103.                                                      
                               The decision of the examiner is reversed.                                                                                  
                                                                    REVERSED                                                                              



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