Ex parte DAWLEY et al. - Page 5

          Appeal No. 1999-0231                                                        
          Application No. 08/472,354                                                  

          The properly interpreted claim must then be compared with the               
          prior art.  Accordingly, we will initially direct our                       
          attention to the appellants' claim 1, which is the only                     
          independent claim on appeal, to derive an understanding of the              
          scope and content thereof.                                                  
               Claim 1 calls for an apparatus for reducing procession of              
          a gapless tubular printing blanket in an offset printing press              
          comprising: a gapless tubular printing blanket; a blanket                   
          cylinder having an outer circumference which is greater than                
          inner circumference of the printing blanket; means [e.g., air               

          canal 60, Fig. 3] for radially expanding the gapless printing               
          blanket during installation of the blanket onto and removal of              
          the printing blanket from the blanket cylinder; a print                     
          cylinder in rolling engagement with the blanket cylinder; and               
          means extending axially across a length of the blanket                      
          cylinder circumferential surface, for connecting an interface               
          of the blanket cylinder and the printing blanket to a low                   


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