Ex parte SAVAGE et al. - Page 3




          Appeal No. 1997-3089                                       Page 3           
          Application No. 08/577,839                                                  


               Representative independent claim 1 is reproduced as                    
          follows:                                                                    
               1.  In an electric motor, in which a rotating magnetic                 
          flux causes vibration in another component, the improvement                 
          comprising:                                                                 
                                                                                     
               a) a conductive ring, near the component, in which                     
          rotating flux induces a time-varying current.                               

               The examiner relies on the following references:                       
          Persson                       3,663,851                May  16,             
          1972                                                                        
          King, Jr. (King)              3,793,546                Feb. 19,             
          1974                                                                        
          Simpson                       3,929,390                Dec. 30,             
          1975                                                                        
          Allegre et al. (Allegre)           4,329,609                May             
          11, 1982                                                                    

               Claims 1 through 15 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103.              
          As evidence of obviousness, the examiner offers Persson, King               
          and Allegre with regard to claims 1 through 6 and 8 through 12,             
          adding Simpson, in a new ground of rejection entered in the                 
          answer, with regard to claims 7 and 13 through 15.                          
               Reference is made to the briefs and answer for the                     
          respective positions of appellants and the examiner.                        
                                       OPINION                                        









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