Ex parte BREE et al. - Page 4




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


         filed June 28, 1999) for the appellants' arguments                      
         thereagainst.                                                           


                                     OPINION                                     
              In reaching our decision in this appeal, we have given             
         careful consideration to the appellants' specification and              
         claims, to the applied prior art references, and to the                 
         respective positions articulated by the appellants and the              
         examiner.  As a consequence of our review, we make the                  
         determinations which follow.                                            
              We cannot sustain the examiner's rejection of appellants'          
         claims 7-12 under 35 U.S.C.  102(e).                                   
              At the outset, we note that the sole independent claim,            
         claim 7, is representative and reads as follows:                        
              7. A locking actuator system for an automotive door                
                  latch having a manual locking lever movable between            
                  locked and unlocked positions, comprising:                     
              (a) a housing;                                                     
              (b) a reversible electric motor mounted in the housing             
                   and having an output shaft;                                   
              (c) a worm mounted on the output shaft;                            

                                                                                 

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