Ex parte RITTER - Page 5




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


                              The rejection of claim 1                                


               We affirm the rejection of claim 1 under 35 U.S.C.  103               
          as being unpatentable over the German reference in view of                  
          Klebanow. It follows that the rejection of claims 2 through 5,              
          7, 11 through 13, and 27 through 30 on this same ground is                  
          likewise                                                                    


          affirmed, since these claims stand or fall with claim 1, as                 
          earlier indicated.                                                          


               Claim 1 is drawn to an apparatus for applying a coating                
          material to a plurality of sheets as the sheets are conveyed                
          past the apparatus, comprising, inter alia, (a) means for                   
          overlapping a plurality of sheets to form overlapped sheets,                
          (b) a coating station comprising means for at least "partially              
          drying" an adhesive coating, and (c) means for collecting                   
          adhesive coated sheets.                                                     






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