Ex parte DIEKHAUS et al. - Page 6

          Appeal No. 1996-1288                                                        
          Application No. 08/227,576                                                  

          the examiner has given no reason why the subject specification              
          disclosure would not enable an artisan with ordinary skill to               
          determine (without undue experimentation) the “reaction” or                 
          mechanism involved with the addition of an organic base to the              
          amine solution.  In re Strahilevitz, id.  It follows that the               
          examiner has provided us with no acceptable reasoning in                    
          support of his position that the artisan likewise would not be              
          able to determine metes and bounds of the claim 24 requirement              
          of a “stoichiometric amount” associated with this “reaction”                
          or mechanism.                                                               
               Finally, the section 103 rejection of all the appealed                 
          claims likewise cannot be sustained.  This is because the                   
          examiner does not point to and we do not independently find                 
          any teaching or suggestion in the Brunnmueller reference which              
          concerns the here claimed “process for removal of sulfonated                
          and unsulfonated organic phosphorous compounds from a starting              
          solution which is a reaction product of sulfonation of aryl                 
          phosphines by sulfuric acid, which process comprises                        
          extraction of said sulfuric acid with 40 to 90 mol . . . of a               
          principal amine” (claim 28).  Instead, Brunnmueller relates to              
          a process for the separation of water-soluble salts of                      


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