Ex parte FREY et al. - Page 5

          Appeal No. 1997-3026                                       Page 5           
          Application No. 08/344,053                                                  

          with respect to each other, there is no teaching that they are              
          connected in the manner set forth in independent claims 1, 6                
          and 9.                                                                      
               The only connection between the two flex circuits in                   
          Gorton appears to be via printed circuit board 884 in Gorton’s              
          Figure 87.  The examiner does not deny that this is the only                
          connection taught by Gorton.  At page 2 of the answer, the                  
          examiner states, “[t]he examiner concedes that Gorton uses a                
          small printed circuit board 884 ‘having various components’                 
          thereon to bridge the terminals on the flex circuit 824 and                 
          825.”  However, it is the examiner’s position that it would                 
          have been obvious to remove the printed circuit board and                   
          connect the flex circuits together, directly, without the                   
          printed circuit board.                                                      
               To appellants’ argument [with which we agree] that removal             
          of the printed circuit board would destroy the function of                  
          Gorton’s system since the necessary circuitry on the printed                
          circuit board would be gone, the examiner indicates that the                
          necessary circuitry would be provided at a remote location.  We             
          find this reasoning of the examiner to be faulty since we find              
          no suggestion anywhere in Gorton that would have led the                    

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