Ex parte KORIYAMA et al. - Page 7




                  Appeal No. 1998-0453                                                                                                                    
                  Application No. 08/381,306                                                                                                              


                  with grooves are only at the axial ends. Therefore, we find that the examiner has not set                                               
                  forth a prima facie case of anticipation, and we cannot sustain the rejection of claims 13                                              
                  and 16.                                                                                                                                 
                                                                  CONCLUSION                                                                              

                           To summarize, the decision of the examiner to reject claims 13 and 16 under 35                                                 
                  U.S.C.  102 is reversed.                                                                                                               
                                                                    REVERSED                                                                              



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