Ex parte BINDER et al. - Page 10




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


              As noted above, Briggs does teach all the limitations of           
         claim 1.  A disclosure that anticipates under 35 U.S.C. ' 102           
         also renders the claim unpatentable under 35 U.S.C. ' 103, for          
         "anticipation is the epitome of obviousness."  Jones v. Hardy,          
         727 F.2d 1524, 1529, 220 USPQ 1021, 1025 (Fed. Cir. 1984).              
         See also In re Fracalossi, 681 F.2d 792, 794, 215 USPQ 569,             
         571 (CCPA 1982); In re Pearson, 494 F.2d 1399, 1402, 181 USPQ           
         641, 644 (CCPA 1974).  Thus, we sustain the examiner's                  
         rejection of appealed claim 1 under 35 U.S.C. ' 103 over                
         Briggs taken in view of the general state of the art.                   
              As noted above, the appellants have grouped claims 2 and           
         5 through 9 as standing or falling together with independent            
         claim 1.  Thus, it follows that the decision of the examiner            
         to reject claims 1, 2, and 5 through 9 under 35 U.S.C.  103            
         as being unpatentable over Briggs taken in view of the general          
         state of the art is affirmed.                                           
              Turning now to claims 10 and 11, we note that both claims          
         10 and 11 include substantially the same limitations as claim           
         1 with additional structure not recited in claim 1, e.g. the            
         base member including a passage for an air-oil mixture and a            
         passage for clean air, with the exterior of the coalescer               
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