Ex parte THIERRY - Page 2

          Appeal No. 1998-1079                                                        
          Application No. 08/572,166                                                  

               Independent claim 1 is reproduced as follows:                          
               1.  An assembly comprising:                                            
               a multibranched bundle of electrical conductors;                       
               an electromagnetic shielding system provided on                        
               the multibranched bundle and comprising a network of                   
               metal sheath elements surrounding said electrical                      
               conductors and interconnected with one another to provide              
               an electrical continuity of said electromagnetic                       
               shielding system; and                                                  
                    protecting means, comprising a plurality of                       
               protective elements, for protecting the multibranched                  
               bundle against frictional wear caused by said metal                    
          sheath    elements;                                                         
                    wherein said metal sheath elements and said                       
          protective     elements comprise braid elements formed directly             
          on said multibranched bundle, said braid elements of said                   
          metal     sheath elements comprising wires, and said braid                  
          elements of    said protective elements comprising filaments of             
          a wear-   resistant material.                                               
               The examiner relies on the following references:                       
          Sawyer                      319,326              Jun.  2, 1885              
          Kurzböck                  4,640,178              Feb.  3, 1987              
          Sato                      5,012,045              Apr. 30, 1991              
          Clouet et al. (Clouet)    5,378,853              Jan.  3, 1995              
            (filed Jan. 27, 1993)                                                     
               Claims 1-8 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C. § 103.  As                   
          evidence of obviousness, the examiner cites Clouet, Sawyer and              
          Kurzböck, with regard to claims 1-7, adding Sato with regard                
          to claim 8.                                                                 


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