Ex parte BRIGHT - Page 7

          Appeal No. 1998-0483                                                        
          Application No. 08/543,840                                                  

          utilize the terminology "fast acting adhesive," it does                     
          describe that the adhesive "bonds very quickly and strongly to              
          the label and to the container, such that it prevents or                    
          minimizes relaxation of the label as it leaves the vacuum drum              
          and bonds to the container" (specification, page 3, lines 22-               
          25).  Additional explanation is provided that "[t]o prevent                 
          the label from slipping on the container due to its greater                 
          peripheral speed, an adhesive which bonds strongly and quickly              
          may be used" (specification, page 4, lines 21-23).                          
               In our view one of ordinary skill in this art would                    
          understand that the terminology "fast acting adhesive," when                
          read in light of the specification, means the adhesive                      
          prevents the leading edge of the label from slipping with                   
          respect to the container.  The reason for preventing the                    
          slippage is clear, i.e., to maintain the label in the                       
          stretched condition.                                                        
               Accordingly, in our view "fast acting adhesive" is clear               
          in the context of these claims and we do not sustain the                    
          examiner's rejection of appealed claims 1 through 6 and 12                  


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