Ex parte MIYAZAWA et al. - Page 6

          Appeal No. 1997-3279                                       Page 6           
          Application No. 08/240,702                                                  

          obvious ... to set the magnetic poles at regular intervals                  
          ...."  (Id.)  The appellants argue, "Fujitani ... offsets one               
          of the stator magnetic elements 28 and 29 by an electric angle              
          of B/4 to 3B/4.  By contrast, appellant's [sic] stator yokes                
          both are disposed at regular intervals ...."  (Appeal Br. at                

               Claims 21 and 28 each specifies in pertinent part the                  
          following limitations: "a stator having a stator yoke with a                
          plurality of magnetic poles alternately disposed at regular                 
          intervals in the circumferential direction on the stator yoke               
          ...."  Accordingly, the claims each requires stator yokes                   
          disposed at regular intervals.                                              

               The examiner fails to show a disclosure of the claimed                 
          limitations in the prior art.  To the contrary, he admits that              
          Fujitani "doesn't show magnetic poles at regular intervals in               
          the circumferential direction."  (Examiner's Answer at 4.)                  
          Furthermore, the appellants observe, "Fujitani ... offsets one              

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