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          Appeal No. 1997-1498                                                        
          Application No. 08/251,148                                                  


          (1) Claims 1 and 2 under 35 U.S.C.  112, first paragraph, as               
          lacking descriptive support for the invention presently                     
          claimed; and                                                                
          (2) Claims 1 through 17 and 19 through 21 under 35 U.S.C.                  
          103 as unpatentable over the disclosure of Minnick.                         
               We have carefully reviewed the claims, specification and               
          applied prior art, including all of the arguments advanced by               
          both the examiner and appellants in support of their                        
          respective positions.  This review leads us to conclude that                
          only the examiner’s  112 rejection of claims 1 and 2 is well               
          founded.  Accordingly, we affirm the  112 rejection of claims              
          1 and 2, but reverse the  103 rejection of claims 1 through                
          17 and 19 through 21.  Our reasons for this determination                   
          follow.                                                                     
                  Rejection under 35 U.S.C.  112, First Paragraph                    
               The examiner has rejected claims 1 and 2 under 35 U.S.C.               
           112, first paragraph, as lacking descriptive support in the               
          application disclosure as originally filed for the                          
          subsequently added limitations in claims 1 and 2.  According                

          Answer.  See the Answer to the Reply Brief dated August 21,                 
          1996, Paper No. 16.                                                         
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