Ex parte INOUE - Page 4




          Appeal No. 1997-2844                                                        
          Application No. 08/242,881                                                  


               Claims 1 through 6 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103                
          as being unpatentable over Fujita in view of Bufano and                     
          Thelen.                                                                     
               Reference is made to the Examiner's Answer (Paper No. 16,              
          mailed July 8, 1996) and the first Supplemental Examiner's                  
          Answer (Paper No. 18, mailed October 11, 1996) and the second               
          Supplemental Examiner's Answer (Paper No. 20, mailed February               
          20, 1997) for the examiner's complete reasoning in support of               
          the rejections, and to appellant's Brief (Paper No. 15, filed               
          May 1, 1996), Reply Brief (Paper No. 17, filed September 9,                 
          1996), and Supplemental Reply Brief (Paper No. 19, filed                    
          December 11, 1996) for appellant's arguments thereagainst.                  
                                       OPINION                                        
               We have carefully considered the claims, the applied                   
          prior art references, and the respective positions articulated              
          by appellant and the examiner.  As a consequence of our                     
          review, we will affirm the anticipation rejection of claims 1,              
          2, 5, and 6 and the obviousness rejection of claim 4 over                   
          Stakely and reverse the obviousness rejection of claims 1                   
          through 6 over Fujita, Bufano, and Thelen.                                  


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