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


          reference inoperable for its intended purpose.  In re Gordon,               
          733 F.2d 900, 902, 221 USPQ 1125, 1127 (Fed. Cir. 1984)."  In               
          re Fritch,                                                                  
          972 F.2d 1260, 1265-66 n.12, 23 USPQ2d 1780, 1783 n.12 (Fed.                
          Cir. 1992).  Therefore, Bufano is not properly combinable with              
          Fujita.                                                                     
               The examiner applies Thelen for a teaching of a constant               
          current circuit which converts a temperature compensated                    
          reference voltage into a current.  However, Thelen does not                 
          cure the deficiency in the combination of Bufano and Fujita.                
          Accordingly, we cannot sustain the rejection of claims 1                    
          through 6 under 35 U.S.C.  103 over Fujita, Bufano, and                    
          Thelen.                                                                     
                                     CONCLUSION                                       
               We have affirmed the decision of the examiner rejecting                
          claims 1, 2, 5, and 6 under 35 U.S.C.  102 and rejecting                   
          claim 4 under 35 U.S.C.  103 over Stakely is affirmed.  We                 
          have reversed the decision of the examiner rejecting claims 1               
          through 6 under 35 U.S.C.  103 over Fujita, Bufano, and                    
          Thelen.  Therefore, the decision of the examiner rejecting                  
          claims 1 through 6 is affirmed-in-part.                                     
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