Ex parte LAFONTAINE et al. - Page 4

          Appeal No. 1997-4415                                                        
          Application 08/469,990                                                      

          73 F.3d 1085, 1087, 37 USPQ2d 1237, 1239 (Fed. Cir. 1995),                  
          cert. denied, 519 U.S. 822 (1996), citing W.L. Gore & Assocs.,              
          Inc. v. Garlock, Inc., 721 F.2d 1540, 1548, 220 USPQ 303, 309               
          (Fed. Cir. 1983), cert. denied, 469 U.S. 851 (1984).                        
               On pages 4-6 of the brief and in the reply brief,                      
          Appellants argue that Minetti does not expressly or implicitly              
          state or suggest that solid state diffusion may be used on an               
          organic substrate.  Appellants agreed that Minetti does teach               
          liquid-phase diffusion bonding and solid state bonding.                     
          However, Appellants pointed out that Minetti discloses that                 
          solid state diffusion is to be only used with ceramic                       
          substances or metal tape carriers and not organic substrates.               
          Appellants further argue that Nakao does not teach explicitly               
          or implicitly or even suggest that solid state diffusion may                
          be used on organic substrates.  Appellants' position is that                
          Nakao only teaches bonding techniques for ceramic and organic               
          substances using reflow soldering techniques and not solid                  
          state diffusion.                                                            
               On page 5 of the Examiner's answer, the Examiner agrees                
          that Minetti does not teach using the claimed solid state                   


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