Ex parte BRIGHT - Page 13




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




          Herdzina at, for example, col. 2, lines 66-69 and col. 3,                   
          lines 1-2.                                                                  
               Our conclusion that Herdzina satisfies all the                         
          limitations of claims 7 through 9 is tantamount to a holding                
          that those claims are anticipated under 35 U.S.C  102(b).                  
          Nevertheless, it is proper to sustain the  103 rejection                   
          because lack of novelty is the epitome of obviousness.  See In              
          re Fracalossi, 681 F.2d 792, 794, 215 USPQ 569, 571 (CCPA                   
          1982).                                                                      
               Accordingly, we sustain the examiner's rejection of                    
          appealed claims 7 through 9 under 35 U.S.C.  103.                          


                                     CONCLUSION                                       
               To summarize, the decision of the examiner to reject                   
          claims 1 through 6 and 12 through 18 under 35 U.S.C.  112 is               
          reversed; a new 35 U.S.C.  112, second paragraph, rejection                
          of 1 through 6, 10 and 11 is entered pursuant to 37 CFR                     
          1.196(b); the decision of the examiner to reject claims 1                   
          through 6, 10 through 13 and 15 through 18 under 35 U.S.C.                 

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