Ex parte ARCHIBALD et al. - Page 7




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


                                     DISCUSSION                                       


            I. The 35 U.S.C.  103(a) rejections of claims 24 through                 
            26 and 28 through 30                                                      


                 Ware, the primary reference in these rejections,                     
            discloses                                                                 

                 a method for the assembly of a vehicle wheel                         
                 having a load supporting disc part and a tire                        
                 supporting rim formed from at least one annular                      
                 rim part, compris[ing] securing in position at                       
                 least one of the said parts by injection of a                        
                 thermoplastic or thermosetting material in a                         
                 liquid or plastic state into at least one                            
                 circumferentially extending annular space formed                     
                 between cooperating configurations of two of the                     
                 said parts, then allowing the material to                            
                 solidify to form a locking member in situ                            
                 [column 1, lines 16 through 25].                                     


                 The Figure 7 embodiment relied on by the examiner                    
            involves a cast disc 2 shaped with an outboard rim part                   
            12, and a separately formed inboard rim part 11.  The                     

          35 U.S.C.  112, first paragraph, rejection of claim 34 and                 
          the 35 U.S.C.  112, second paragraph, rejection of claims 35               
          through 37 which were set forth in the final rejection (see                 
          the advisory action mailed February 5, 1997, Paper No. 24).                 
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