Ex parte MUNEKI et al. - Page 5




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


               With this as background, we turn to the examiner’s                     
          rejection of independent claim 13 under 35 U.S.C.  103 as                  
          being unpatentable over Akiba in view of Harada.  The examiner              
          (answer, pages 3-4) is of the view that Akiba discloses a                   
          hollow telescopic fishing rod comprising a fishing rod body                 
          (12, 14, 16) having a plurality of body sections (14, 16)                   
          wherein said body sections (14, 16) are formed from fiber                   
          reinforced resins.  It is further urged that the hollow                     
          fishing rod body includes trapezoidal shaped line holding                   
          protrusions (53, Figure 13).  The examiner notes that Akiba                 
          does not disclose the line holding protrusions to be in a                   
          spiral pattern, as having arc shaped corners and as being                   
          formed by a monobloc forming method.  Harada is relied upon by              
          the examiner to provide line holding protrusions in a spiral                
          pattern.  With respect to the “arc shaped corners” required in              
          claim 13 on appeal, the examiner asserts that such corners are              
          well within the “purview of the ordinary artisan", since the                
          ordinary artisan would have fully realized that a sharp                     
          cornered line guide would quickly and undesirably abrade the                
          fishing line and therefore would have provided rounded or arc               
          shaped corners on the line holding protrusions.  As for the                 
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