Ex Parte HUMMEL - Page 2



          Appeal No. 1997-0144                                                        
          Application No. 08/424,223                                                  

          Appellant's invention relates to a cut-resistant yarn                       
          suitable for machine knitting (e.g., Fig. 1 and claims 1, 17 and            
          25) and to such a cut-resistant yarn knitted to form an article             
          of protective apparel, such as a cut-resistant protective glove             
          (e.g., Fig. 7 and claims 35 and 36).  Independent claims 1, 17              
          and 25 are representative of the subject matter on appeal and a             
          copy of those claims, as reproduced from the Appendix to                    
          appellant's brief, is attached to this decision.                            

          The prior art references relied upon by the examiner in                     
          rejecting the appealed claims are:                                          
          Bettcher                      4,470,251           Sep. 11, 1984             
          Robins et al. (Robins)        4,912,781           Apr.  3, 1990             

          Claims 1 through 3, 5, 6, 11, 12, 15 through 18, 25, 26, 35                 
          and 36 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being unpatentable           
          over Bettcher in view of Robins.                                            

          Rather than attempt to reiterate the examiner's full                        
          commentary with regard to the above-noted rejection and the                 
          conflicting viewpoints advanced by the examiner and appellant               
          regarding the rejection, we make reference to the examiner's                
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