Ex parte MUZSLAY - Page 2




          Appeal No. 1998-3027                                                        
          Application No. 08/546,179                                                  


               1.  A one-piece hooded socket contact formed from a sheet              
          metal blank that is rolled to form the contact body                         
          comprising:                                                                 
               a contact body having a forward mating section and a rear              
          wire connection section;                                                    
               said mating section comprising a generally cylindrical                 
          hood having a front end and a reverse bend of more than 90 at              
          said front end to form a plurality of spring fingers and lead-              
          in tabs between said fingers, all lying within said hood and                
          extending rearwardly from said hood front end with at least                 
          said fingers extending inwardly toward the center axis of said              
          cylindrical hood; and                                                       
               said tabs having a length less than one-quarter that of                
          said fingers, and being stiff to guide a pin contact with said              
          tabs forming at least three radially innermost locations                    
          circumferentially spaced apart by about 120 about said axis                
          and lying on an imaginary circle to center a pin contact of                 
          generally cylindrical shape in said hood.                                   
               The examiner relies on the following references:                       
          Ostapovitch              4,152,042                May   1, 1979             
          Seidler                  4,139,256                Feb. 13, 1979             
          Schubert                 5,119,664                June  9, 1992             
          Wurster                  5,167,543                Dec.  1, 1992             
          Takenouchi               5,350,321                Sep. 27, 1994             
               Claims 1, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16 and 17 stand rejected under                 
          35 U.S.C.  103.  As evidence of obviousness, the examiner                  
          cites Ostapovitch and Wurster with regard to claims 1 and 9,                
          adding Seidler with regard to claim 5.  With regard to claims               
          11 and 12, the examiner relies on Ostapovitch, Wurster and                  


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