Ex parte VAN ENGELSHOVEN et al. - Page 4

          Appeal No. 1998-0335                                                        
          Application 08/518,061                                                      

          the Matsuda abstract.  It should be noted that there is no                  
          record in this application that the full Matsuda document was               
          ever considered by the examiner.  In fact, the examiner has                 
          emphasized the fact that the rejection is based on the Matsuda              
          abstract only [answer, pages 5-6].  We have obtained a                      
          translation of the full Matsuda document, and the translation               
          is attached to this decision.                                               
          Rather than repeat the arguments of appellants or the                       
          examiner, we make reference to the brief and the answer for                 
          the respective details thereof.                                             
          We have carefully considered the subject matter on                          
          appeal, the rejection advanced by the examiner and the                      
          evidence of obviousness relied upon by the examiner as support              
          for the rejection.  We have, likewise, reviewed and taken into              
          consideration, in reaching our decision, the appellants’                    
          arguments set forth in the brief along with the examiner’s                  
          rationale in support of the rejection and arguments in                      
          rebuttal set forth in the examiner’s answer.                                
          It is our view, after consideration of the record                           
          before us, that the evidence relied upon and the level of                   

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