Ex parte DEGUCHI - Page 4




                 Appeal No. 1998-1320                                                                                                                   
                 Application No. 08/305,643                                                                                                             


                          The Examiner relies on the following prior art                                                                                
                 references:1                                                                                                                           
                 Null et al. (Null)                                    4,320,255                                    Mar.                                
                 16, 1982                                                                                                                               
                 Digi-Key Corp. Brochure (Digi-key), Catalog No. 902, page                                                                              
                 62 (Mar. - Apr. 1990).                                                                                                                 
                          Claims 1-18 stand finally rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103                                                                      
                 as being unpatentable over Appellant’s admissions as to the                                                                            
                 prior art in view of Null and Digi-Key.                                                                                                
                          Rather than reiterate the arguments of Appellant and the                                                                      
                 Examiner, reference is made to the Briefs  and Answers for the            2                                                            
                 respective details.                                                                                                                    
                                                                     OPINION                                                                            
                         We have carefully considered the subject matter on                                                                            
                 appeal, the rejection advanced by the Examiner, the arguments                                                                          
                 in support of the rejection and the evidence of obviousness                                                                            

                          1The Examiner additionally relies on Appellant’s                                                                              
                 admissions as to the prior art at page 1 of the specification.                                                                         
                          2The Appeal Brief was filed December 3, 1996.  In                                                                             
                 response to the Examiner’s Answer dated February 4, 1997, a                                                                            
                 Reply Brief was filed April 4, 1997 to which the Examiner                                                                              
                 responded with a Supplemental Examiner’s Answer dated June 17,                                                                         
                 1997.  The Examiner submitted a further Supplemental                                                                                   
                 Examiner’s Answer dated October 22, 1997 in response to                                                                                
                 Appellant’s Supplemental Reply Brief filed August 18, 1997.                                                                            

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