Ex parte FALAAS et al. - Page 2




             Appeal No. 1996-2472                                                                                 
             Application 08/075,297                                                                               




                                                THE INVENTION                                                     
                    Appellants claim a metallized film comprised of an opaque                                     
             layer of metal in direct contact with an aliphatic                                                   
             polyurethane substrate which is derived from an aqueous                                              
             urethane dispersion and has glass transition and melting                                             
             temperatures within recited ranges.  Claim 1 is illustrative                                         
             and reads as follows:                                                                                
                    1.    A metallized film comprising a continuous, opaque                                       
             layer of metal in direct contact with an aliphatic                                                   
             polyurethane substrate that has a glass transition temperature                                       
             of about 25E to 110EC, a melting temperature greater than or                                         
             equal to 200EC, and which is derived from an aqueous urethane                                        
             dispersion.                                                                                          
                                               THE REFERENCES                                                     
             Muroi et al. (Muroi)            4,305,981        Dec. 15, 1981                                       
             Watai et al. (Watai)            4,393,120        Jul. 12, 1983                                       
             Waugh                           4,446,179        May   1, 1984                                       
             Ellison et al. (Ellison)        4,810,540        Mar.  7, 1989                                       
                                               THE REJECTIONS                                                     
                    The claims stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as                                            
             follows: claims 1, 2, 4-10, 17 and 18 over Watai; claims 1 and                                       
             2 over Muroi; claims 1, 2, 4-10, 17 and 18 over Watai in view                                        
             of Waugh and Ellison; claims 1 and 2 over Muroi in view of                                           


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