Ex parte MUNEKI et al. - Page 2

          Appeal No. 1998-2139                                                        
          Application No. 08/572,727                                                  

          been canceled.                                                              

               Appellants’ invention relates to a hollow telescopic                   
          fishing rod comprising a fishing rod body (13) having a                     
          plurality of hollow fishing rod body sections (14) made from                
          fiber-reinforced resin.  The hollow interiors of the plurality              
          of body sections (14) define an internal path (15) for a                    
          fishing line (30) and allow the body sections to nest together              
          while in a storage mode.  At least one of the body sections                 
          (14) including an inner surface in which is formed a spiral                 
          groove.  The spiral groove defining in cross section a                      
          plurality of generally trapezoidal fishing line holding                     
          protrusions (40) with inclined sides and arc shaped corners                 
          (45, 46) to reduce wear between the line and the protrusions                
          (40), e.g., see Figure 3.  A representative copy reproduced                 
          from Appellants’ brief of independent claim 13 is attached to               
          this decision.                                                              

               The prior art references of record relied upon by the                  
          examiner as evidence of obviousness are:                                    
          Akiba          5,488,797                     Feb. 6, 1996                   

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