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          Appeal No. 1997-2700                                                        
          Application 08/307,249                                                      


          claim.                                                                      


               Since all of the claimed limitation are present in the                 
          disclosure of Hunt, the Examiner’s 35 U.S.C.  102(e)                       
          rejection of appealed claims 1-3, 8-13, 18-20, and 24 is                    
          sustained.                                                                  
               We next consider the Examiner’s rejection of dependent                 
          claims 4-6, 14-16, 21, and 22 under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being                
          unpatentable over Hunt in view of Hou.  As a general proposition            
          in an appeal involving a rejection under 35 U.S.C.  103, an                
          Examiner is under a burden to make out a prima facie case of                
          obviousness.  If that burden is met, the burden of going                    
          forward then shifts to Appellant to overcome the prima facie                
          case with argument and/or evidence.  Obviousness is then                    
          determined on the basis of the evidence as a whole and the                  
          relative persuasiveness of the arguments.  See In re Oetiker,               
          977 F.2d 1443, 1445, 24 USPQ2d 1443, 1444 (Fed. Cir. 1992); In              
          re Hedges, 783 F.2d 1038, 1039, 228 USPQ 685, 686 (Fed. Cir.                
          1986); In re Piasecki, 745 F.2d 1468, 1472, 223 USPQ 785, 788               
          (Fed. Cir. 1984); and In re Rinehart, 531 F.2d 1048, 1052, 189              


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