Ex parte MATSUI et al. - Page 7




               Appeal No. 1997-2426                                                                                                   
               Application 08/087,849                                                                                                 


               case member are in their open position, said single leaf spring member pressing the abutment surfaces                  
               on the one magnetic member against the abutment surfaces on the other magnetic member when the                         
               case members are in their closed position, the one magnetic member being moved relative to the one                     
               case member against the influence of said single leaf spring member during movement of the case                        
               members toward their closed position, the first and second end portions of said single leaf spring                     
               member being moved toward the rectangular inner side surface area of the one case member during                        
               movement of the case members toward their closed position, the central portion of the rectangular                      
               contact side surface area of the one magnetic body being moved toward the central portion of said                      
               single leaf spring member during movement of the case members toward their closed position.                            

                       The Examiner relies on the following references:                                                               

               Hill                                            2,976,502                      Mar. 21, 1961                           
               Dowdle et al. (Dowdle)                          3,110,874                      Nov. 12, 1963                           
               Heilmann et al. (Heilmann)                      4,005,380                      Jan.   25, 1977                         
               Nelson et al. (Nelson)                  4,408,175                      Oct.     4, 1983                                
               Nakano                                          4,885,559                      Dec.   5, 1989                          

               Miwa                                    54-114716                              Sept.   7, 1979                         
               (Japanese Patent)                                                                                                      

               Boyajian                                        363,606                        Dec.  24, 1931                          
               (Great Britain)                                                                                                        

                       Claims 38, 39, 44, 45 and 50 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being unpatentable                        

               over Nakano in view of Heilmann and Dowdle.  Claims 40, 41, 46 and 47 stand rejected under 35                          

               U.S.C.  103 as being unpatentable over Nakano in view of Heilmann, Dowdle, and Nelson. Claims                         

               42, 43, 48, and 49 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being unpatentable over Nakano,                             

               Heilmann, Dowdle, Boyajian, Hill, and Miwa.                                                                            




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