Ex parte BOULANGER - Page 2

                 Appeal No. 1999-0441                                                                                                                   
                 Application No. 08/676,454                                                                                                             

                 subsequent to the Final Rejection has been entered.  See the                                                                           
                 Advisory Action mailed January 12, 1998 (Paper No. 11).                                                                                

                          Appellant’s invention pertains to a sanitary absorbent                                                                        
                 product, such as a sanitary napkin, which is worn in contact                                                                           
                 with the skin of the wearer for the purpose of absorption and                                                                          
                 holding of body liquids, and to a method of making such a                                                                              
                 product.  More particularly, the absorbent product includes                                                                            
                 tabs extending laterally for attachment to an undergarment of                                                                          
                 the wearer.  A further understanding of the invention can be                                                                           
                 derived from a reading of exemplary claims 1 and 18, which                                                                             
                 appear in an appendix to appellant’s Main Brief.                                                                                       
                          The references relied upon by the examiner in support of                                                                      
                 the rejections are:                                                                                                                    
                 Lavash et al. (Lavish)                                5,389,094                                    Feb. 14,                            
                 Pigneul  (PCT)1                                                 93/04651                            Mar. 18,                            

                          1Our understanding of this foreign language document is                                                                       
                 derived from a translation prepared in the PTO, a copy of                                                                              
                 which is attached to this opinion.                                                                                                     

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