Ex parte IWABUCHI - Page 3




                 Appeal No. 1996-4190                                                                                                                   
                 Application 08/311,710                                                                                                                 


                          a member mounted on said arm;                                                                                                 
                          a magnetic body mounted on said member and movable                                                                            
                 through a planar locus of points as said arm moves;                                                                                    
                          a magnet fixed to said base for attracting said magnetic                                                                      
                 body and spaced apart from said magnetic body in a direction                                                                           
                 perpendicular to a plane containing said planar locus of                                                                               
                 points, said magnetic body standing closest to said magnet                                                                             
                 when the magnetic head is positioned over the parking area of                                                                          
                 the medium, said magnet being magnetized perpendicularly to                                                                            
                 said plane containing said planar locus of points; and                                                                                 
                          a yoke mounted on said magnet for absorbing magnetic                                                                          
                 lines of force issuing from said magnet.                                                                                               
                          The Examiner relies on the following reference:                                                                               
                 Sun et al. (Sun)                             5,003,422                           Mar. 26, 1991                                         
                 Stefansky                                    5,170,300                           Dec.  8, 1992                                         
                                                                                (filed:  Jan. 22, 1991)                                                 
                          Claims 8 to 9 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  102 over                                                                       
                 Sun or Stefansky.  Claims 10 to 15 stand rejected under 35                                                                             
                 U.S.C.                                                                                                                                 
                  103 over Sun or Stefansky.                                                                                                           
                          Rather than repeat the positions and the arguments of                                                                         
                 Appellant or the Examiner, we make reference to the briefs2                                                                            
                 and the answer for their respective positions.                                                                                         

                          2A reply brief was filed as paper no. 29 and was entered                                                                      
                 in the record without any further response by the Examiner                                                                             
                 [paper no. 31].                                                                                                                        
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