Ex parte RITTER - Page 4

                 Appeal No. 1997-4279                                                                                                                   
                 Application No. 08/486,702                                                                                                             

                 accordance with 37 CFR 1.192(c)(7), we select claim 1 for                                                                              
                 review from among the claims of the above claim grouping, with                                                                         
                 the remaining claims standing or falling therewith.                                                                                    
                 Accordingly, we shall focus exclusively upon claims 1, 14, and                                                                         
                 15, infra.                                                                                                                             


                          In reaching our conclusion on the obviousness issues                                                                          
                 raised in this appeal, this panel of the board has carefully                                                                           
                 considered appellant's specification and claims, the applied                                                                           
                 references,  and the respective viewpoints of appellants and2                                                                                                                  
                 the examiner.  As a consequence of our review, we make the                                                                             
                 determinations which follow.                                                                                                           

                          2In our evaluation of the applied documents, we have                                                                          
                 considered all of the disclosure of each reference for what it                                                                         
                 would have fairly taught one of ordinary skill in the art.                                                                             
                 See In re Boe, 355 F.2d 961, 965, 148 USPQ 507, 510 (CCPA                                                                              
                 1966). Additionally, this panel of the board has taken into                                                                            
                 account not only the specific teachings, but also the                                                                                  
                 inferences which one skilled in the art would reasonably have                                                                          
                 been expected to draw from the disclosure.  See In re Preda,                                                                           
                 401 F.2d 825, 826, 159 USPQ 342, 344 (CCPA 1968).                                                                                      


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