Ex parte ARCHIBALD et al. - Page 5




                     Appeal No. 1998-1289                                                                                                                                              
                     Application 07/906,492                                                                                                                                            


                                                                            THE PRIOR ART                                                                                              


                                     The references relied upon by the examiner as                                                                                                     
                          evidence of obviousness are:                                                                                                                                 


                          Nelson                                                1,691,491                                  Nov. 13, 1928                                               
                          Adams et al. (Adams)                                  3,264,719                                  Aug.  9, 1966                                               
                          Nobach                                                3,506,311                                  Apr. 14, 1970                                               
                          Ware                                                             3,612,614                                  Oct. 12,                                         
                          1971                                                                                                                                                         
                          Bache                                                 4,106,172                                  Aug. 15, 1978                                               
                          Overbeck et al. (Overbeck)  4,610,482                                                            Sept. 9, 1986                                               
                          Italian Patent Document        576398         May  5, 19583                                                                                                          


                                                                            THE REJECTIONS                                                                                             


                                     Claims 24 through 26 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.                                                                                               
                           103(a) as being unpatentable over Ware in view of                                                                                                          
                          Nelson.                                                                                                                                                      


                                     Claims 28 through 30 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.                                                                                               


                                3An English language translation of this reference,                                                                                                    
                     prepared on behalf of the United States Patent and Trademark                                                                                                      
                     Office, is appended hereto.                                                                                                                                       
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