Ex parte KADOWAKI - Page 5

          Appeal No. 1997-3965                                                        
          Application No. 08/389,069                                                  

          as a single group with claim 1, the only independent claim, as              
               We have carefully considered the claims, the applied                   
          prior art references, and the respective positions articulated              
          by appellant and the examiner.  As a consequence of our                     
          review, we will reverse the obviousness rejection of claims 1               
          through 5, 7, 8, and 10.                                                    
               Claim 1 requires that (1) the longitudinal axis of the                 
          slider body extends parallel to both the longitudinal axis of               
          the associated head arm and also the tangent line of an                     
          intermediate track when the body is positioned thereover, (2)               
          two rails extend obliquely to the longitudinal axis of the                  
          slider body, and (3) the angle between the rails and a tangent              
          line of a track over which the slider is positioned is zero                 
          for the innermost track and increases as the slider moves                   
          radially away from the innermost track.  The examiner asserts               
          that Toensing shows (1) (Answer, page 4), Yamada teaches (2)                
          (Answer, pages 5-7), and Kuroda and Ono teach (3) (Answer,                  
          pages 4-5).                                                                 

               Since the examiner only applied Hanagata against claim 8, which is to5                                                                     
          stand or fall with claim 1, we will not discuss Hanagata in this decision.  

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