Ex parte GRUBER et al. - Page 13




          Appeal No. 1998-3207                                      Page 13           
          Application No. 08/518,874                                                  


          the time the invention was made . . . to occupy the mind of                 
          one skilled in the art who is presented only with the                       
          references, and who is normally guided by the then-accepted                 
          wisdom in the art."  Id.  Since the "means for linking"                     
          limitation of the claims under appeal is not taught or                      
          suggested by the applied prior art, we will not sustain the 35              
          U.S.C.  103 rejection of independent claims 1 and 18, and of               
          dependent claims 3-9, 19 and 20.                                            


                                     CONCLUSION                                       
               To summarize, the decision of the examiner to reject                   
          claims 1, 3-13 and 18-21 under 35 U.S.C.  112, second                      
          paragraph, is reversed; the decision of the examiner to reject              
          claim 18 under 35 U.S.C.  102(b) is reversed; and the                      



















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