Ex parte PFEUFFER et al. - Page 2




                 Appeal No. 1999-0960                                                                                                                   
                 Application No. 08/785,437                                                                                                             


                          The references applied in the final rejection are:1                                                                           
                 Wright et al. (Wright)                                3,216,578                                    Nov.  9,                            
                 1965                                                                                                                                   
                 Zanma et al. (Zanma)                                  60-137414                                    Jul. 22,                            
                 1985                                                                                                                                   
                 (Japanese Kokai)                                                                                                                       
                 Okuma et al. (Okuma)                                  60-193518                                    Oct.  2,                            
                 1985                                                                                                                                   
                 (Japanese Kokai)                                                                                                                       

                          The appealed claims stand finally rejected on the                                                                             
                 following grounds:                                                                                                                     
                 (1) Claims 1 to 15, unpatentable over Wright, under 35 U.S.C.                                                                          
                  103(a).                                                                                                                              
                 (2) Claim 16, unpatentable over Wright in view of Okuma and                                                                            
                 Zanma, under 35 U.S.C.  103(a).                                                                                                       
                 Rejection (1)                                                                                                                          
                          Claim 1 reads:                                                                                                                
                                            1.  A filter element, that can be sealingly                                                                 
                                   secured in position in a filter housing,                                                                             
                                   comprising:                                                                                                          
                                            an accordion fold pack having fold backs                                                                    
                                   and a flow-off side and;                                                                                             
                                            a latticed protective mask, the protective                                                                  
                                   mask being sealingly joined to all the fold                                                                          

                          1Copies of translations of the two Japanese references,                                                                       
                 prepared by the PTO, are forwarded to appellants herewith.                                                                             
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