Ex parte GURNE et al. - Page 2




          Appeal No. 1997-2049                                                        
          Application 08/431,130                                                      


               Appellants’ invention pertains to a service tool (claims               
          3-18) and method (claim 19) for monitoring operation of a                   
          vehicle and for diagnosing problems with the operation of the               
          vehicle.  Independent claims 3 and 19, copies of which are                  
          found in an appendix to appellants’ brief, are representative               
          of the appealed subject matter.                                             
               The references of record relied upon by the examiner in                
          support of a rejection under 35 U.S.C.  103 are:                           
          Boscove et al (Boscove)       4,796,206                Jan. 3,              
          1989                                                                        
          Abe et al (Abe)               4,975,847                Dec. 4,              
          1990                                                                        
               Claims 3-19 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being              
          unpatentable over Abe in view of Boscove.                                   
               Reference is made to appellants’ main and reply briefs                 
          (Paper Nos. 13 and 15) and to the examiner’s answer (Paper No.              
          14) for the respective positions of appellants and the                      
          examiner regarding the merits of these rejections.                          
                                       Opinion                                        
               Having carefully considered appellants’ specification and              
          claims, the teachings of the applied references, and the                    


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