Ex parte RASMUSSEN - Page 3

          Appeal No. 1998-2240                                       Page 3           
          Application No. 08/443,058                                                  

               In reaching our decision in this appeal, we have given                 
          careful consideration to the appellant's specification and                  
          claims, the applied prior art references, the respective                    
          positions articulated by the appellant and the examiner, and                
          the guidance provided by our reviewing court.  As a                         
          consequence of our review, we make the determinations which                 
               The appellant’s invention is directed to a covering for a              
          sphere or hemisphere, with particular application to a globe                
          such as those upon which geographic features are presented.                 
          The invention comprises a flexible sheet that is cut so as to               
          provide a plurality of polyconic gores extending from a                     
          central hub.  The sheet can lie flat or can be placed upon a                
          sphere and will conform to the surface thereof.  An important               
          feature of the invention is that the flexible sheet is readily              
          removable from the globe so that it can be exchanged for                    
          sheets having other representations thereon.  The invention                 
          further comprises a removable hemispherical cover that is                   
          shaped to closely overlay the sheet when the sheet is                       
          positioned on a globe.                                                      
                The Rejection Under 35 U.S.C.  112, Second Paragraph                 

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