Ex Parte MORRISON et al - Page 5

          Appeal No. 1997-2252                                                        
          Application No. 08/225,965                                 Page 5           

          are laminated underneath the cover film and the so produced                 
          laminate is further laminated onto a rigid substrate (2 or                  
          2').  The substrate may be a prefabricated substrate (2), or may            
          be a rigid foam substrate (2') back-foamed onto the formed vinyl            
          film (12).  An apparatus for carrying out the method is                     
          essentially a forming station with an upper form or mold (1) and            
          a lower form or mold (15).  The lower mold (15) includes nest               
          dies (8a, 8b) for securely holding and then pressure laminating             
          the trim inserts (10, 11), whereby a high placement precision of            
          the inserts (10, 11) is achieved.                                           

               Based on our analysis and review of Spengler and claim 1, it           
          is our opinion that one difference is the step of "positioning a            
          ring including a cut out portion in said cavity."                           

               The examiner determined (answer, pp. 4-6) that this                    
          difference would have been obvious at the time the invention was            
          made to a person having ordinary skill in the art from the                  
          teachings of Alesi or Kozlowski and Swenson.  We do not agree.              

               In that regard, while the examiner is correct that both                
          Alesi and Kozlowski do teach the use of rings in the molding art,           

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