Ex parte SAITO et al. - Page 3





            Appeal No. 1998-2775                                                                         
            Application 08/574,544                                                                       



            engagable with a first stopper portion (9) to limit rotation                                 

            of the lower leg portion in one direction to a standing                                      

            position.  The third stopper portion is also engagable with                                  

            a second stopper portion (10) to limit rotation of the lower                                 

            leg portion in the opposite direction to a kneeling                                          

            position.                                                                                    



            A copy of the appealed claims is appended to                                                 

            appellants’ brief.                                                                           



            The following reference is relied upon by the examiner                                       

            in support of his rejections under 35 U.S.C.  103 and                                       

            35 U.S.C.  102(b):                                                                          



            Lewis                   278,566                 May 29, 1883                                 



            Appealed claims 6 through 10 stand rejected under                                            



               portion. In contrast, claim 6 recites that the bearing part is embedded                   
               in the lower leg portion as if the entire bearing part is received in an                  
               aperture in the lower leg portion. Consistent with appellants’ original                   
               disclosure we have therefore interpreted clause “c” of claim 6 as                         
               meaning that the bearing part has a portion embedded in the lower leg                     
               portion. Correction of this informality is in order upon return of this                   
               application to the examiner.                                                              

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