Ex parte AYERS et al. - Page 8




          Appeal No. 1998-2606                                                        
          Application 08/446,415                                                      


               Turning next to the rejections of claims 1 through 12 and              
          14 through 21 under 35 U.S.C.  103, we sustain these                       
          rejections only as to claims 1, 2, 8 through 11 and 16 through              
          20.                                                                         
               We sustain the rejection of independent claim 1 on appeal              
          generally for the reasons set forth by the examiner in the                  
          answer with the following embellishments.                                   
               When the teachings of both Long and Fales are considered               
          collectively within 35 U.S.C.  103, we are persuaded of the                
          examiner's reasons for combinability as expressed at pages 5                
          and 6 of the answer because the reasoning presented by the                  
          examiner there is consistent with the reasoning provided at                 
          column 1 of Fales, which indicates that it would have been                  
          highly desirable to the artisan to have utilized a single                   
          light source rather than the plural light sources of Long to                
          have provided a simplified manner of displaying a plurality of              
          telltale conditions by means of a single dashboard unit.                    
               However, the more persuasive approach to view the                      
          rejection is to have modified Fales in light of the teachings               
          and showings in Long since the claimed driver, generally                    
          planar image disc and light source of independent claim 1 on                
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