Ex parte ARCHIBALD et al. - Page 8

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

            outboard rim part 12 includes a stepped cylindrical                       
            extension 14 which fits within a stepped cylindrical                      
            portion 13 on the inboard rim part 11.  These                             
            interfitting cylindrical components define an annular                     
            groove for accommodating an injected thermosetting or                     
            thermoplastic member which locks the disc 2 and rim part                  
            11 together.  When assembled, the wheel includes inboard                  
            and outboard tire bead seats and retaining flanges                        
            (corresponding to seats 4 and flanges 5 in the Figure 1                   
            embodiment) and a depressed central portion or well                       
            (corresponding to central portion 3 in the Figure 1                       
            embodiment) formed by the interfitting cylindrical                        
            components 13 and 14.                                                     

                 The disclosure in Ware pertaining to Figure 7 meets,                 
            or would have suggested, a wheel producing method                         
            responding to all of the limitations in claim 24 except                   
            for those relating to the formation of the rims from a                    
            double rim member.  In this regard, Ware does not specify                 
            how the “rim” component (inboard rim part 11) of the                      
            wheel shown in Figure 7 is made.                                          

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