Ex parte BREE et al. - Page 3




         Appeal No. 1996-1300                                                    
         Application No. 08/076,722                                              


                                   BACKGROUND                                    
              The appellant's invention relates to a deadbolt locking            
         actuator for a power door latch (specification, p. 1).  A copy          
         of the claims under appeal is set forth in the appendix to the          
         appellants' brief.                                                      
              The prior art reference of record relied upon by the               
         examiner in rejecting the appealed claims is:                           
         Fukumoto et al. (Fukumoto) 5,169,186       Dec. 8, 1992                 
                                          (filed Jan. 11, 1991)                  
              Claims 7-12 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  102(e) as             
         being anticipated by Fukumoto.2                                         
              Rather than reiterate the conflicting viewpoints advanced          
         by the examiner and the appellants regarding the above-noted            
         rejections, we make reference to the examiner's answer (Paper           
         No. 15, mailed August 11, 1995) and the response to arguments           
         filed in the supplemental reply brief (Paper No. 22, filed              
         August 13, 1999) for the examiner's complete reasoning in               
         support of the rejections, and to the appellants' brief (Paper          
         No. 14, filed June 21, 1995), reply brief (Paper No. 16, filed          
         September 18, 1995) and supplemental reply brief (Paper No. 21          
                                                                                
         2 The rejection Claims 11-12 under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being unpatentable over
         Fukumoto has been withdrawn by the examiner (answer, page 3).           
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