Ex parte BINDER et al. - Page 3

         Appeal No. 1998-3016                                                    
         Application No. 08/568,344                                              

         being in communication with one of said passages, an interior           
         of each said coalescer element being in communication with the          
         other of said passages; and                                             
              a respective housing surrounding each said coalescer               
         element, said respective housing being mounted on said base             
              wherein each said respective flange consists of a metal            
         sheet with at least a portion of the metal sheet being coated           
         with rubber, said portion of the metal sheet which is coated            
         with rubber extending between said respective housing and said          
         base member to form a seal therebetween.                                
                                 THE PRIOR ART                                   
              The prior art references of record relied upon by the              
         examiner in rejecting the appealed claims are:                          
         Thurman            1,109,372          September 1, 1914                 
         Briggs            3,118,837          January  21, 1964                 

                                 THE REJECTIONS                                  
              Claims 1, 2, 5 and 9 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.               
         102(b) as being clearly anticipated by either Thurman or                
              Claims 1, 2, 5 through 13 and 15 stand rejected under              
         35 U.S.C.  103(a) as being unpatentable over either Thurman            
         or Briggs taken in view of the general state of the art.2               

         2 In the examiner's advisory action (Paper No. 12, mailed September 24, 1997)
         it is indicated that "Claims 4 and 14 are no longer rejected under 35 U.S.C.

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