Ex parte INOUE - Page 2




          Appeal No. 1997-3857                                                        
          Application No. 08/220,286                                                  


          illustrative of the claimed invention, and it reads as                      
          follows:                                                                    
               1.   A thermistor device comprising:                                   
               a thermistor element body;                                             
               an ohmic electrode provided on a major surface of said                 
          thermistor element body with its outer peripheral edge                      
          positioned within an outer peripheral edge of said thermistor               
          element body, thereby defining a gap portion; and                           
               an insulating coating formed at said gap portion at least              
          where said outer peripheral edge of said ohmic electrode is in              
          contact with said thermistor element body, said outer                       
          peripheral edge of said thermistor body being free of said                  
          insulating coating.                                                         
               The prior art reference of record relied upon by the                   
          examiner in rejecting the appealed claims is:                               
          Shikama et al. (Shikama)           5,210,516                May             
          11, 1993                                                                    
               Claims 1 through 8 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103                
          as being unpatentable over Shikama.                                         
               Reference is made to the Examiner's Answer (Paper No. 19,              
          mailed April 16, 1997) for the examiner's complete reasoning                
          in support of the rejection, and to appellant's Brief (Paper                
          No. 18, filed March 5, 1997) for appellant's arguments                      
          thereagainst.                                                               
                                       OPINION                                        
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