Ex parte MUNEKI et al. - Page 3




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


                                   (Filed July 14,                                    
          1993)                                                                       
          Harada    05-88259                                     Dec. 3,              
          1993                                                                        
          Japanese Utility Model Application Kokai                                    


               Claims 3-11, 13 and 14 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.                 
          103 as being unpatentable over Akiba in view of Harada                      
          (Japanese 05-088259).                                                       


               Rather than attempt to reiterate the examiner’s full                   
          commentary with regard to the above noted rejection and the                 
          conflicting viewpoints advanced by the examiner and appellants              
          regarding the rejection, we make reference to the final                     
          rejection (Paper No. 6, mailed June 9, 1997) and the                        
          examiner’s answer (Paper No. 12, mailed March 26, 1998) for                 
          the reasoning in support of the rejection, and to appellants’               
          brief (Paper No. 11, filed January 29, 1998) for the arguments              
          thereagainst.                                                               


                                       OPINION                                        
               In reaching our decision on appeal, we have given careful              
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