Ex parte NIX et al. - Page 4




          Appeal No. 1997-3142                                                        
          Application No. 08/323,660                                                  


          for Oxygen,” Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 66, No. 6, Mar. 15,                 
          1994, pages 836 through 840.                                                
               Claims 1, 6, 12 and 13 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.                 
          103 as being unpatentable over Seiden in view of Stanley and                
          Billetdeaux.                                                                
               Claims 5 and 10 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as                
          being unpatentable over Seiden in view of Stanley, Billetdeaux              
          and Liu.                                                                    
               Claims 14 and 15 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as               
          being unpatentable over Seiden in view of Stanley, Billetdeaux              
          and Gysi.                                                                   
               Reference is made to the brief (paper number 17), the                  
          reply brief and the answer for the respective positions of the              
          appellants and the examiner.                                                
                                       OPINION                                        
               The obviousness rejection of claims 1, 5, 6, 10 and 12                 
          through 15 is reversed.                                                     
               Our review of Seiden reveals that the examiner has                     
          correctly concluded (Answer, page 4) that Seiden discloses a                
          method and device for measuring concentrations of O , CO  and2    2                   
          N  in a liquid sample in a vacuum, and that Seiden teaches                  
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