Ex parte IWABUCHI - Page 4




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


                                       OPINION                                        
               We have considered the rejections advanced by the                      
          Examiner. We have, likewise, reviewed  Appellant's arguments                
          against the rejections as set forth in the briefs.                          
          It is our view, after consideration of the record before                    
          us,                                                                         


          that the rejections under 35 U.S.C.  102 and under 35 U.S.C.               
           103 are not proper. Accordingly, we reverse.                              
               Now we analyze the various rejections.                                 
                          Rejections under 35 U.S.C.  102                            
               The Examiner has rejected claims 8 and 9 as being                      
          anticipated by Sun or Stefansky.                                            
               We note that a prior art reference anticipates the                     
          subject of a claim when the reference discloses every feature               
          of the claimed invention, either explicitly or inherently (see              
          Hazani v. Int'l Trade Comm'n, 126 F.3d 1473, 1477, 44 USPQ2d                
          1358, 1361 (Fed. Cir. 1997) and RCA Corp. v. Applied Digital                
          Data Systems, Inc., 730 F.2d 1440, 1444, 221 USPQ 385, 388                  
          (Fed. Cir. 1984)).                                                          
               We first take the independent claim 8. The critical issue              
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