Ex parte AYLWARD - Page 3




          Appeal No. 1997-3182                                                        
          Application 08/254,643                                                      


          IEEE Standard Dictionary of Electrical and Electronics Terms,               
          405 (3d ed., New York, John Wiley & Sons, 1984).                            
               Claims 1, 8, 21 and 22 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.                  
           102(b) as being anticipated by Robinson.  Claims 15, 16 and               
          27 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103.  As evidence of                    
          obviousness, the examiner relies upon the combination of                    
          teachings of Robinson in view of Ishikawa and Fosgate as to                 
          claim 15 and the more limited combination to Robinson and                   
          Fosgate as to claims 16 and 27.                                             
               Rather than repeat the positions of the appellant and the              
          examiner, reference is made to the various briefs, the                      
          supplemental examiner's answer mailed on May 9, 2000, which                 
          appears to supersede the answer's answer mailed on November                 
          13, 1996, and the intervening communications from the                       
          examiner.                                                                   
                                       OPINION                                        
               We reverse the rejection of independent claims 1 and 21                
          on appeal essentially for the reasons set forth by appellant                
          in the brief and the reply brief.  As such, we therefore                    
          reverse the rejection of claims 8 and 22 under 35 U.S.C.  102              
          and the rejections under 35 U.S.C.  103 of the remaining                   

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