Ex parte NILSSEN - Page 9

          Appeal No. 1998-1288                                                        
          Application No. 08/502,817                                                  

          frequency.  The modification of Zansky by Cox as proposed by                
          the examiner is not suggested by the collective teachings of                
          these references.                                                           
          Therefore, we do not sustain the examiner’s rejection of                    
          claims 1, 2, 12 and 13 based on the collective teachings of                 
          Zansky and Cox.                                                             
          We now consider the rejection of claims 3-6 based on the                    
          collective teachings of Zansky, Cox, Cates and Warren.                      
          Although these claims do not have the loosely coupled                       
          recitation of claim 1, they do recite the feature of the                    
          naturally resonant frequency of the series connection of the                
          inductor and the capacitor being less than the fundamental                  
          frequency of the alternating voltage.  Cates and Warren were                
          cited by the examiner to meet additional recitations of these               
          claims directed to a current limiting means connected between               
          the auxiliary winding and the gas discharge lamp.  In addition              
          to the arguments considered above, appellant argues that there              
          is no motivation to modify the circuit of Zansky with the                   
          teachings of Cates and Warren and no benefit to the Zansky                  
          circuit would result therefrom (brief, pages 6-7).                          
          As noted above, we fail to find any teachings in the                        

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