Ex parte MUZSLAY - Page 3




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


          Schubert.  The examiner relies on Ostapovitch, Wurster,                     
          Seidler and Takenouchi with regard to claims 16 and 17.                     


               Reference is made to the briefs and answer for the                     
          respective positions of appellant and the examiner.                         


                                       OPINION                                        
               We will sustain the rejection of claim 16 under 35 U.S.C.              
           103 but we will not sustain the rejection of claims 1, 5, 9,              
          11, 12 and 17 under 35 U.S.C.  103.                                        


               Turning first to independent claims 1 and 9, the examiner              
          applies the combination of Ostapovitch and Wurster against the              
          claims.  Ostapovitch clearly discloses a socket formed of a                 
          sheet metal blank with a contact body having forward and rear               
          sections.  At the front end, there is a reverse bend of more                
          than 90 degrees which forms a plurality of spring fingers 13                
          and lead-in tabs 50, all lying within a “hood” of the socket                
          and extending rearwardly from the front end and with the                    
          fingers extending inwardly toward the center axis of the hood.              
          See Figures 19 and 20 of Ostapovitch.                                       
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