Ex Parte HUMMEL - Page 3

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

          answer (Paper No. 26, mailed July 11, 1996) for the reasoning in            
          support of the rejection, and to appellant's substitute brief               
          (Paper No. 33, filed December 21, 1998) and reply brief (Paper              
          No. 28, filed September 5, 1996) for the arguments thereagainst.            


          In reaching our decision in this appeal, we have given                      
          careful consideration to appellant's specification and claims, to           
          the applied prior art references, and to the respective positions           
          articulated by appellant and the examiner.  As a consequence of             
          our review, we have made the determination which follows.                   

          Like the examiner, we note that Bettcher discloses a high                   
          strength, cut-resistant, knittable yarn (e.g., Fig. 1) comprising           
          a core (10), a first wrapping (12) about the core and a second              
          wrapping (14) about the first wrapping.  The core (10) is                   
          preferably comprised of at least one strand (e.g., 16) of small             
          diameter flexible wire, such as stainless steel wire, preferably            
          annealed, and a parallel relatively non-stretchable, high                   
          strength multi-filament synthetic fiber (20), such as a high                
          strength aromatic polyamide fiber, for example, Kevlar.  Bettcher           

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