Ex parte KUKLA et al. - Page 9




          Appeal No. 1997-1826                                                        
          Application No. 08/304,951                                                  

               For the foregoing reasons, we determine that the examiner              
          has established a prima facie case of obviousness in view of                
          the reference evidence.  Based on the totality of the record,               
          giving due consideration of appellants’ arguments, we                       
          determine that the preponderance of evidence weighs in favor                
          of obviousness.  Accordingly, the examiner’s rejection of the               
          claims on appeal under 35 U.S.C.  103 as unpatentable over                 
          Carabateas is affirmed.                                                     























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