Ex parte MUZSLAY - Page 8

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

          19e in Figure 2.  The rear portion has a “reversely curved                  
          rear end with a convexly curved radially outer surface” (see                
          the curved portion of the right-most portion of element 19 in               
          Figure 2) which presses radially inwardly against the inside                
          of the hood when a pin contact is inserted into the socket                  
          contact (See Figure 3 of Takenouchi).                                       

               Appellant contends that portion 19e “cannot freely                     
          deflect outwardly because of limitations by definitely non-                 
          cylindrical part 21e” [brief-page 7].   We disagree.  Figure 3              
          clearly shows that as the pin 14 is inserted, element 19 is                 
          deflected down and to the right.  Therefore, when the pin 14                
          is inserted, element 19 is pressed “radially inwardly against               
          the inside of said hood,” as claimed.  Moreover, the fingers                
          shown in instant Figures 2 and 8 are of the same general shape              
          and structure as that shown by Takenouchi.  To the extent                   
          appellant is arguing that since the end 19d of Takenouchi                   
          moves along another portion of element 19 and not directly                  
          along the cylindrical surface of the hood, the entire element               
          19 may be considered to be in contact with the inside of the                
          hood and when portion 19d is pressed radially inwardly, its                 

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