Ex parte FONTANA et al. - Page 2




             Appeal No. 1998-0596                                                                                  
             Application 08/259,370                                                                                

                                     References relied on by the Examiner                                          

             Kant et al. (Kant)                4,670,804           Jun. 2, 1987                                    
             Ainslie et al. (Ainslie)          4,789,914           Dec. 6, 1988                                    
             Hosokawa et al. (Hosokawa)        5,014,145           May 7, 1991                                     

                                           The Rejections on Appeal                                                

                    Claims 1-3, 21, 31-34, 36-39 and 55 stand finally rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103               
             as being unpatentable over Kant, Ainslie, and Hosokawa.                                               
                    Claims 4, 20, 22, 24-30, 40-43 and 45-54 stand finally rejected under 35 U.S.C.                
              103 as being unpatentable over Kant and Ainslie.                                                    
                    A rejection of claims 1-4, 20-22, 24-34, 36-43 and 45-55, under 35 U.S.C.                      
              112, first paragraph, based on an objection to the specification under 35 U.S.C.  132              
             appears to have been withdrawn by the examiner in a supplemental examiner’s answer                    
             (Paper No. 29).                                                                                       
                                                  The Invention                                                    

                    The claimed invention is directed to an apparatus  combination assembly including              
             an integrated thin film slider and transducer and a thin film suspension.  Representative             
             independent claims 4 and 20 are reproduced below:                                                     
                    4.  A combination assembly comprising:                                                         
                           an integrated thin film slider and transducer formed in its entirety by a               
             process of thin film deposition and having thin film lead layers for activating said thin film        
             transducer;                                                                                           


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