Ex parte CHEN et al. - Page 4




                 Appeal No. 1997-2898                                                                                                                   
                 Application 08/368,239                                                                                                                 



                          Claims 1-3, 5, 9-11, 13, 17, and 19-25 stand rejected                                                                         
                 under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being unpatentable over Himelstein.                                                                           
                 Claims 4, 6-8, 12, and 14-16 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.                                                                           
                 103 as being unpatentable over Himelstein in view of Fuller.                                                                           
                          Rather than repeat the arguments of Appellants or the                                                                         
                 Examiner, we make reference to the brief and the answers  for                                        2                                 
                 the details thereof.                                                                                                                   
                                                                     OPINION                                                                            
                          After a careful review of the evidence before us, we will                                                                     
                 sustain the Examiner's rejection of claims 1-3, 5, 7, 8-11,                                                                            
                 13, 15-17 and 19-25 under 35 U.S.C.  103, but we will reverse                                                                         
                 the rejection of claims 4, 6, 12, and 14 on appeal for the                                                                             
                 reasons set forth infra.                                                                                                               
                          At the outset, we note that Appellants have indicated on                                                                      
                 page 5 of the brief that claims 1-25 stand or fall together,                                                                           
                 but in addition set forth the following groups:                                                                                        
                          Group B – claims 4, 12, and 20;                                                                                               
                          Group C – claims 6 and 14;                                                                                                    
                          Group D – claims 8 and 16;                                                                                                    
                          Group E – claims 17-20;                                                                                                       
                          Group F – claim 18.                                                                                                           

                          2The Examiner mailed an Examiner's answer on February 27,                                                                     
                 1997 and a supplemental Examiner's answer on June 30, 1999.                                                                            
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