Ex parte ANDERSON - Page 3




          Appeal No. 1997-2036                                                        
          Application No. 08/335,991                                                  


          Blanks                   4,751,594                Jun. 14, 1988             
          Dion                          5,307,222                Apr. 26,             
          1994                                                                        
          Brown et al. (Brown)     5,447,695                Sep. 05, 1995             
               Claim 4 stands rejected under 35 U.S.C.  102 as being                 
          anticipated by Brown.                                                       


               Claims 1 through 3 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103                
          as being unpatentable over Brown in view of Blanks, and                     
          further in view of Dion with respect to claim 3.                            
               Reference is made to the Final Rejection (Paper No. 9),                
          mailed March 25, 1996) and the Examiner's Answer (Paper No.                 
          16, mailed November 25, 1996) for the examiner's complete                   
          reasoning in support of the rejections, and to appellant's                  
          Brief (Paper No. 15, filed August 26, 1996) for appellant's                 
          arguments thereagainst.                                                     
                                       OPINION                                        
               As a preliminary matter we note that appellant indicates               
          on page 7 of the Brief that the claims are not to stand or                  
          fall together.  Appellant states that claims 1 through 3                    
          should be considered as one group and claim 4 as a second                   

          Therefore, we have not considered them.                                     
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