Ex parte USUI et al. - Page 4

          Appeal No. 1997-1054                                                        
          Application No. 08/108,543                                                  

          introducing hot air into at least one air hole provided in a                
          second die by using an air pressure control means, the                      
          temperature of the hot air being such as to soften the surface              
          skin member which is mounted on the second die.  While                      
          Hanamoto discloses a heating unit 44a which heats and thereby               
          softens patentee’s sheet 32 (analogous to the here claimed                  
          surface skin member), the applied prior art provides no                     
          teaching, suggestion or incentive for achieving this heating                
          function via the hot air introducing step claimed by the                    
          appellants.  More specifically, the examiner has given no                   
          reason why an artisan with ordinary skill would have been                   
          motivated to modify Hanamoto’s female mold 18 (analogous to                 
          the here claimed second die) in such a manner as to result in               
          the introducing step under consideration.                                   
               Under these circumstances, we cannot sustain the                       
          examiner’s section 103 rejection of claims 15 through 20 as                 
          being unpatentable over Hanamoto in view of Sheffield.                      


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