Ex parte HUSTON et al. - Page 5




          Appeal No. 1999-0172                                                        
          Application 08/334,733                                                      


                                    THE PRIOR ART                                     

               The references relied upon by the examiner as evidence of              
          anticipation and obviousness are:                                           


          Rudnicki                 4,896,580                Jan. 30, 1990             
          Burns et al. (Burns)     5,129,605                July 14, 1992             
                                             (filed Sep. 17, 1990)                    
          Mansell et al. (Mansell)      5,223,844                June 29,             
          1993                                    (filed Apr. 17,                     
          1992)                                                                       
          Welles, II et al. (Welles)    5,491,486           Feb. 13, 1996             
                                             (filed Apr. 25, 1994)                    
          Bickley et al. (Bickley)           5,519,403           May  21,             
          1996                                                                        
                                             (filed Nov. 29, 1993)                    
          Alesio                        5,550,551           Aug. 27, 1996             
                                             (filed Jul. 25, 1994)                    

                                   THE REJECTIONS                                     


               Claims 1 through 3, 5 through 11 and 27 through 31 stand               
          rejected under 35 U.S.C.  102(b) as being anticipated by                   
          Mansell.                                                                    


               Claims 1 through 3 and 5 through 7 stand rejected under                
          35 U.S.C.  102(e) as being anticipated by Bickley.                         


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