Ex parte MUZSLAY - Page 7




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


               Accordingly, we will not sustain the rejection of claims               
          1 and 9 under 35 U.S.C.  103.  We also will not sustain the                
          rejection of claims 5, 11 and 12 under 35 U.S.C.  103 since                
          these claims depend from claims 1 and 9 and neither Seidler                 
          nor Schubert, applied for other reasons in the rejections of                
          the dependent claims, provides for the deficiencies noted                   
          supra with regard to Ostapovitch and Wurster.                               


               We now turn to independent claim 16 which does not have                
          the limitation of the tab lengths being less than one-quarter               
          the length of the fingers.  Seidler is employed to show the                 
          obviousness of using a cylindrical shape for the contact hood.              
          The argument centers about Takenouchi and whether it shows the              
          specifically claimed structure of the fingers recited in the                
          last paragraph of claim 16.  It is our view that Figure 2 of                
          Takenouchi clearly shows the recited structure since contact                
          piece 19 is deformable and has a front and rear portion.  The               
          front portion (left side) extends rearwardly and radially                   
          inwardly and the rear portion (right side) extends rearwardly               
          and radially outwardly from the rear end of the front portion.              
          The rear end of the front portion is at the vertex, labeled as              
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