Ex parte BASSET et al. - Page 4




          Appeal No. 1997-2924                                                        
          Application No. 08/320,726                                                  

          with respect to an article having a weld line and a                         
          composition appropriate for making such an article.  That is,               
          because of this deficiency, the references contain no guidance              
          concerning the manufacture of such an article or the                        
          development of a composition suitable therefor.  As a                       
          consequence, even if the applied references are “generic” to                
          articles and compositions of the type claimed by the                        
          appellants as urged by the examiner, there is simply nothing                
          in these references which would have suggested manufacturing                
          an article having a weld line via a composition in accordance               
          with the independent claim on appeal based upon a reasonable                
          expectation of success as required by 35 U.S.C.  103.                      
               Thus, even assuming an artisan were motivated to                       
          manufacture an article having a weld line via the generic                   
          compositions of the applied prior art, there is nothing in                  
          this prior art which would have suggested modifying these                   
          generic compositions in such a manner as to result in the                   
          specific composition having the specific characteristics                    
          defined by the independent claim before us.  Likewise, the                  
          references plainly contain nothing which would have given the               
          artisan a reasonable expectation for believing that the                     

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