Ex parte ROBINSON - Page 7




              Appeal No. 1997-1670                                                                                         
              Application 08/098,942                                                                                       


              rejection of the claims on appeal under 35 U.S.C.  103.                                                     


                     Where, as here, the examiner fails to establish a prima facie case of obviousness,                    
              the rejection is improper and will be overturned.  In re Fine, 837 F.2d 1071, 1074, 5                        
              USPQ2d 1596, 1598 (Fed. Cir.1988).  Therefore the rejection of claims 8-15 and 23-24                         
              under 35 U.S.C.  103 is reversed.                                                                           
                                                     CONCLUSION                                                            

                     The examiner's rejection of claims 3-6 and 8-10 under 35 U.S.C.  103 as obvious                      
              over the combined teachings of Uhlmann, Peterson, Kim, Foulkes, Claffey, Tischer, and                        
              page 4 of the applicant's specification is reversed.                                                         
                                                  REVERSED                                                                 




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