Ex parte THIERRY - Page 4

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

               Reference is made to the briefs and answer for the                     
          respective positions of appellant and the examiner.                         
               We reverse.                                                            
               The examiner cites Clouet as disclosing a multibranched                
          bundle of electrical conductors with electromagnetic                        
          shielding, and as disclosing a network of metal sheath                      
          elements surrounding the conductors and interconnected with                 
          each other to provide electrical continuity.  The examiner                  
          further alleges that Clouet discloses the metal sheath as a                 
          braided element comprising wires.  However, the examiner                    
          admits that Clouet does not disclose the claimed protective                 
          sheath which is a braid of wear-resistant filaments.  However,              
          citing Sawyer’s disclosure of a sheathing system alternatively              
          comprising a braided metal shield and a braided insulating                  
          sheath, the examiner concludes that it would have been obvious              
          to modify Clouet by using a braided insulating sheath in                    
          between the metal braided shield and the conductors or on the               
          external surface of the metal braided shield to further                     
          support the bundle.  Additionally, the examiner cites Kurzböck              
          as disclosing a rope comprising filaments, and the examiner                 

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