Ex parte BINDER et al. - Page 9




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


         31-32) and in our view one of ordinary skill in the art would           
         have understood this to mean that Briggs' flange is coated              
         with the material (60).  The term "embed" is defined as to              
         make an integral part of, or to fix firmly in a surrounding             
         mass.4  In our view to make an integral part of, or fix                 
         firmly, would convey to one of ordinary skill in the art that           
         this is a coating.  For this reason we will sustain the                 
         examiner's rejection of claim 1 as anticipated by Briggs.               

              Accordingly, the decision of the examiner to reject claim          
         1 under 35 U.S.C.  102(b) as clearly anticipated by Briggs is          
         affirmed.  As noted above, the appellants have grouped claims           
         1, 2 and 5 through 9 as standing or falling together.  Thus,            
         it follows that the decision of the examiner to reject claims           
         2, 5 and 9 under 35 U.S.C.  102(b) over Briggs is also                 
         affirmed.                                                               


         The 35 U.S.C.  103 rejection of claims 1, 2, 5 through 13 and          
         15 as being unpatentable over either Thurman or Briggs taken            
         in view of the general state of the art.                                

                                                                                
         4 The American Heritage Dictionary, second college edition, page 447 (copy
         enclosed with this decision).                                           
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