Ex parte CASTEEL et al. - Page 7

          Appeal No. 1997-0074                                                        
          Application No. 08/123,092                                                  

          would be the case.  In this regard, we again note the                       
          examiner's opinion that in these references the handle is                   
          separately made and covered and then is attached to the                     
          supporting substrate.  While the door and the panel disclosed               
          by Mills are in juxtaposition once they are installed in the                
          vehicle, the essence of the Mills teaching is merely covering               
          a plurality of separate objects in a single pass, and then                  
          cutting them apart for separate use.  Therefore, from our                   
          perspective, the combined teachings of the first three of the               
          applied references would have provided no suggestion to one of              
          ordinary skill in the art to attach a door handle to a                      
          substrate that has a handle hole and then to cover this                     
          structure with a single sheet of material by any means, much                
          less by differential pressure.  Although Michel discloses                   
          attaching two elements together by using differential pressure              
          to form a material about them, it still provides no suggestion              
          to do so to form a composite article comprising a handle and a              
          substrate having a handle hole.                                             
               The mere fact that the prior art structure could be                    
          modified does not make such a modification obvious unless the               


Page:  Previous  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  Next 

Last modified: November 3, 2007