Ex parte JUNGMANN et al. - Page 4

          Appeal No. 1998-1642                                       Page 4           
          Application No. 08/541,894                                                  

          (Fed. Cir. 1983), cert. denied, 465 U.S. 1026 (1984), it is                 
          only necessary for the claims to "'read on' something                       
          disclosed in the reference, i.e., all limitations of the claim              
          are found in the reference, or 'fully met' by it."                          
               In the instant case the examiner finds that the Hoffman                
          reference as depicted in Figures 8a-8c discloses the invention              
          claimed (See examiner’s answer at page 6).  In regard to the                
          recitation in claim 24 that the blade is held under tension                 
          between first and second members, it is the examiner’s opinion              
          that this language refers to functional language which is not               
          entitled to patentable weight and if the language is entitled               
          to weight, the blade depicted in Hoffman Figures 8a-8c is                   
          inherently held under tension as claimed.                                   
               We do not agree with the examiner that the functional                  
          language in claim 24 is not entitled to patentable weight.  We              
          must, and we will give weight to all claim limitations                      
          including functional language.  In re Angstadt, 537 F.2d 498,               
          501, 190 USPQ 214, 217 (CCPA 1976).                                         
                    As a preliminary matter, we find it necessary to                  
          interpret the term “tension” which appears in the functional                

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