Ex parte LAVALLEE - Page 3




                 Appeal No. 1998-1337                                                                                                                   
                 Application 08/351,102                                                                                                                 



                                   The references relied on by the Examiner are as                                                                      
                 follows:                                                                                                                               
                 Robinson                       5,339,172        Aug. 16, 1994                                                                          
                 Kimura et al. (Kimura)         5,392,362        Feb. 21, 1995                                                                          
                                                                                                                                                       


                                   Claims 1 through 5 and 8 through 12 stand rejected                                                                   
                 under 35 U.S.C.  102 as being anticipated by Kimura.  Claim 6                                                                         
                 stands rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being unpatentable                                                                            
                 over Kimura.  Claims 7 and 13 through 20 stand rejected under                                                                          
                 35 U.S.C.  103 as being unpatentable over Kimura in view of                                                                           
                 Robinson.                                                                                                                              
                                   Rather than repeat the arguments of Appellant or the                                                                 
                 Examiner, we make reference to the briefs  and answer for the             2                                                            
                 details thereof.                                                                                                                       


                                                                     OPINION                                                                            



                          2Appellant filed an appeal brief on June 3, 1997.                                                                             
                 Appellant filed a reply brief on October 3, 1997.  The                                                                                 
                 Examiner mailed a communication on November 12, 1997 stating                                                                           
                 that the reply brief has been entered and considered but no                                                                            
                 further response by the Examiner is deemed necessary.                                                                                  
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