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                Appeal No. 1997-3537                                                                                                           
                Application No. 08/395,867                                                                                                     


                         Based on this record, we find  that the examiner has relied on impermissible                                          
                hindsight in making her determination of obviousness.  In re Fritch, 972 F.2d 1260, 1266,                                      
                23 USPQ2d 1780, 1784 (Fed. Cir. 1992) (“It is impermissible to engage in hindsight                                             
                reconstruction of the claimed invention, using the applicant’s structure as a template and                                     
                selecting elements from references to fill the gaps”).                                                                         
                         Accordingly, the rejection is reversed.                                                                               
                                                              CONCLUSION                                                                       
                         To summarize, the decision of the examiner to reject claims 1-14 under                                                
                35 U.S.C.  103(a) as unpatentable over Thibault or Martinez either in view of Karjalainen                                     
                is reversed.                                                                                                                   
                                                               REVERSED                                                                        




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                                          CAROL A. SPIEGEL                                  )     APPEALS                                      
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                                          TONI R. SCHEINER                                  )                                                  
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