Ex parte TOYODA - Page 2




                     Appeal No. 1998-2818                                                                                                                                              
                     Application 08/550,521                                                                                                                                            


                     the appealed subject matter.                                                                                                                                      


                                                                    The Applied Prior Art                                                                                              
                                The references of record relied upon by the examiner in                                                                                                
                     support of rejections under 35 U.S.C.  103 are:1                                                                                                                 
                     Robertson et al. (Robertson)      4,963,140     Oct. 16, 1990                                                                                                     
                     Buell et al. (Buell)              5,151,092     Sep. 29, 1992                                                                                                     
                     Daio, (Daio ‘051)                 3,176,051     Jul. 31, 1991                                                                                                     
                     Japanese application                                                                                                                                              
                     Daio, (Daio ‘052)                 3,176,052     Jul. 31, 1991                                                                                                     
                     Japanese application                                                                                                                                              
                     Uni-Charm Corp. (Uni-Charm)       4,371,148     Dec. 24, 1992                                                                                                     
                     Japanese application                                                                                                                                              
                     Kao Corp (Kao)                    5,192,366     Aug.  3, 1993                                                                                                     
                     Japanese application                                                                                                                                              
                                                                            The Rejections                                                                                             
                                Claims 1, 3, 4 and 9-12 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.                                                                                                
                     103 as being unpatentable over Uni-Charm or Kao, or, in the                                                                                                       
                     alternative, as being unpatentable over Uni-Charm or Kao in                                                                                                       
                     view of Buell.                                                                                                                                                    

                                1Our understanding of the Japanese language patent                                                                                                     
                     documents relied upon by the examiner in support of the                                                                                                           
                     appealed rejections is derived from translations prepared on                                                                                                      
                     behalf of the PTO, copies of which are attached to this                                                                                                           
                     opinion.                                                                                                                                                          
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