Ex parte DAWLEY et al. - Page 7

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

          2, ll. 59-66).3                                                             
               In light of the specification and the arguments made in                
          the brief, we understand the language “means extending axially              
          across a length of the blanket cylinder circumferential                     
          surface” as requiring the “means” to be unbroken or continuous              
          across the length of the cylindrical interface between the                  
          blanket cylinder and the printing blanket such that all                     
          trapped air in the interface will necessarily encounter the                 
          “means” as the cylinder is rotated 360N.                                    
               In rejecting claims under 35 U.S.C.  103, the examiner                
          bears the initial burden of presenting a prima facie case of                
          obviousness.  See In re Rijckaert, 9 F.3d 1531, 1532, 28                    
          USPQ2d 1955, 1956 (Fed. Cir. 1993).  A prima facie case of                  
          obviousness is established by presenting evidence that the                  

          teachings would appear to be sufficient for one of ordinary                 
          skill in the relevant art having the references before him to               
          arrive at the claimed invention.  See In re Lintner, 9 F.2d                 

               3Six (6) mm is approximately  inches and 30 cm is approximately 12    

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