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

              obviousness with respect to claim 50.  The appellants have not meaningfully addressed the                      
              examiner’s rationale with opposing arguments and/or evidence.  Accordingly, we affirm the                      
              rejection of claim 50.                                                                                         
                                                       Conclusion                                                            

                      The rejection of claims 1-3, 21, 31-34, 36-39 and 55 under 35 U.S.C.  103 as                          
              being unpatentable over Kant, Ainslie, and Hosokawa is reversed.                                               
                      The rejection of claims 4, 20, 22, 24-30, 40-43, 45, 48 and 51-54 under 35 U.S.C.                     
              103 as being unpatentable over Kant and Ainslie is reversed.                                                   
                      The rejection of claims 46, 47, 49 and 50 under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being                               
              unpatentable over Kant and Ainslie is affirmed.                                                                












                      No time period for taking any subsequent action in connection with this appeal may                     
              be extended under 37 CFR  1.136(a).                                                                           
                                                  AFFIRMED-IN-PART                                                           



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