Ex parte UYEDA et al. - Page 2




          Appeal 1996-2010                                                            
          Application 07/941,650                                                      


               This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from an                        
          examiner’s final rejection of Claims 15 and 17-20.  The final               
          rejection of                                                                
          Claims 15-20 under 35 U.S.C.  112, first paragraph, has been               
          withdrawn (Examiner’s Answer (Ans.), p. 2, final paragraph).                
          The examiner objects to Claim 16 (Ans., p. 1, para. 1),                     
          presumably only because it depends upon finally rejected Claim              
          15.  Still pending “Claims 1-14 have been withdrawn from                    
          consideration as directed to non-elected inventions”                        
          (Appellants’ Brief (Br.),                                                   
          p. 1, first para.).                                                         
                                    Introduction                                      
               Claims 15 and 17-20 stand finally rejected under 35                    
          U.S.C.                                                                      
           103 in view of the combined teachings of Payne et al.                     
          (Payne), U.S. Patent 5,126,133, issued June 30, 1992, from                  
          Application 07/371,955, filed June 27, 1989; Sick et al.                    
          (Sick), U.S. Patent 4,996,155, issued February 26, 1991, from               
          Application 07/164,044, filed March 4, 1988; and Soares et al.              
          (Soares), U.S. Patent 4,849,217, issued July 18, 1989, from                 
          Application 07/123,023, filed November 19, 1987.  All claims                
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