Ex parte VOLLENWEIDER - Page 2




               Appeal No. 1998-2179                                                                          Page 2                 
               Application No. 08/433,231                                                                                           


                                                        BACKGROUND                                                                  
                       The appellant's invention relates to a process and to an apparatus for storing stackable,                    
               sheet-like blanks wherein the blanks are delivered individually one after the other to an                            
               intermediate store which comprises a stack of the blanks and then withdrawn from the                                 
               intermediate store and fed in a continuous stream to a winding station where they are wound                          
               into a roll (specification, page 2).  Further understanding of the invention can be derived from a                   
               reading of exemplary claims 1 and 12, which appear in the appendix to the appellant's brief.                         
                       The prior art references of record relied upon by the examiner in rejecting the appealed                     
               claims are:1                                                                                                         
               Newsome                        4,771,896                              Sep. 20, 1988                                  
               Reist                          4,898,336                              Feb.   6, 1990                                 
               Schall                         4,235,452                              Apr. 28, 1994                                  
               (German patent document)                                                                                             
               Shimanis et al. (Shimanis)     1,070,102                              Jan.   30, 1984                                
               (Russian patent document)                                                                                            
                       The following rejections are before us for review.                                                           
               1.      Claims 12, 19 and 20 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being unpatentable over                         
               Newsome in view of Reist.                                                                                            




                       1English language translations of the Schall and Shimanis references, prepared for the PTO, are appended     
               hereto.                                                                                                              







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