Ex parte O'GROSKE et al. - Page 6

          Appeal No. 1998-2368                                       Page 6           
          Application No. 08/443,217                                                  

               Admitting that Kobayashi does not disclose that its                    
          conductive layer and insulating layer are seamless, the                     
          examiner alleges, "[i]t would have been obvious ... to modify               
          the Kobayashi et al. cable by ... substituting the seamless                 
          layers as taught by Schafer for the insulating and conducting               
          layers of Kobayashi et al. since they are functionally                      
          equivalent (covering)."  (Examiner's Answer at 5.)  The                     
          appellants argue, "[a]bsent Applicant's specification, the                  
          Examiner can cite no objective basis for the Examiner's                     
          specific selection and combination of elements."  (Appeal Br.               
          at 5.)                                                                      

               Claims 1 and 6 specify in pertinent part the following                 
          limitations: "a flexible seamless covering surrounding the                  
          plurality of insulated conductors, said flexible seamless                   
          covering including an insulating layer and a conductive layer               
          surrounding said insulating layer that forms a seamless                     
          electromagnetic shield ...."  Accordingly, the limitations                  
          require a conductive layer forming a seamless, electromagnetic              

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