Ex parte STEIDINGER et al. - Page 2

                 Appeal No. 1999-0911                                                                                                                   
                 Application No. 08/852,708                                                                                                             

                          The claims on appeal are drawn to a method of handling a                                                                      
                 continuous, elongated web, and are reproduced in the appendix                                                                          
                 of appellants’ brief.                                                                                                                  

                          The prior art applied in the final rejection is:                                                                              
                 Klaeser et al. (Klaeser)           4,838,982       Jun. 13,                                                                            
                 Otruba                             5,413,651       May  09,                                                                            
                 Steidinger et al.  (Steidinger)    5,441,796       Aug. 15,1                                                                                                       
                 (filed June 10,                                                                                                                        
                          The admitted prior art on page 1 to page 3, line 15, of                                                                       
                 appellants’ specification (APA).                                                                                                       
                          The appealed claims stand finally rejected under 35                                                                           

                          1Since the patentees of this patent appear to be the                                                                          
                 same persons as the present appellants, and the patent was                                                                             
                 issued after the filing date of appellants’ parent                                                                                     
                 application, it seemingly would not constitute prior art                                                                               
                 against appellants.  However, since appellants have not argued                                                                         
                 this point, the patent will be considered in evaluating the                                                                            
                 merits of the rejections.                                                                                                              

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