Ex parte RICH - Page 8

               Appeal No. 1998-2383                                                                         Page 8                 
               Application No. 08/116,355                                                                                          

               method of using the device is obvious in view of the combined teaching of the methods                               
               presented, directed to the use of using the device singularly and in combination."  While                           
               Holappa discloses an exercise board for use in attaching flexible stretchable elastic belts and                     
               various methods of exercising body muscles by movement of body parts against the resistance                         
               of the belts, Chellis discloses tension members for attachment to either the hand or foot for                       
               exercising the arms or legs, and  Richardson, Goodman, Piccini, Tee and the British patent                          
               disclose various exercises to be performed using resilient elastic resistance members, none of                      
               these references, either alone or in combination with the other references, teaches or suggests                     
               the particular above-noted body movements recited in independent claims 17, 41, 46, 47, 50                          
               and 51.  We do not share the examiner's apparent opinion that the disclosure of one method of                       
               exercising a body part necessarily renders obvious every other method of exercising that body                       
                       Accordingly, we shall not sustain the examiner's rejections of independent claims 17,                       
               41, 46, 47, 50 and 51, or of claims 19, 22, 28-30, 32-34, 42-45, 48, 57 and 58 which depend                         
                       With regard to independent claim 35, which the examiner has rejected based upon the                         
               combined teachings of Holappa, Chellis, Tee and Richardson, we note that Tee (Figure 4E and                         
               column 7, lines 48-53) discloses a method of exercising wherein the exerciser assumes a                             
               kneeling position on one knee, with a resilient stretchable element (elastomeric loop 14)                           

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