Ex parte BOULANGER - Page 6

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

          contain similar limitations.  The linchpin of the examiner’s                
          rejections is that this limitation reads on the folded over                 
          portions 4, 5 and 6 of Pigneul that are bonded to the main                  
          body portion at gluing points 8.  In this regard, the examiner              
          states that “[e]ach bond site [8] is a continuous point or                  
          line extending from one end of the pocket toward an extremity.              
          It should be noted that the length of the line or the distance              
          toward the extremity has not been claimed” (First Office                    
          Action (Paper No. 4), page 5).                                              
               Appellant’s argument in opposition to this position may                
          be summarized by the following quote from the Reply Brief                   
          (page 5):                                                                   
                    Appellant has consistently maintained that the                    
               claim language “affixed to said main body along each                   
               respective longitudinal edge of said main body with                    
               the exception of at least a portion of a line of                       
               intersection between each tab and said main body                       
               remains unbonded” sufficiently distinguishes over                      
               the cited reference which is limited to single bond                    
               points at the intersection of the tab and the main                     
                    Appellant has enclosed herewith a copy of a                       
               dictionary definition of the word “along” as defined                   
               in The American Heritage College Dictionary, Third                     
               Edition, (1993).  As defined therein, the word                         
               “along” is a preposition meaning “Over the length                      
               of.”  Thus, with regard to the present pending                         
               claims, the invention requires that the bonds extend                   
               “over the length” of each respective longitudinal                      

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