Ex parte HERBELLEAU - Page 2

                 Appeal No. 1999-0983                                                                                                                   
                 Application No. 08/782,891                                                                                                             

                          The claims on appeal are drawn to a tire, and are                                                                             
                 reproduced in the appendix to appellant's brief.1                                                                                      
                          Claims 14 and 17 stand finally rejected on the following                                                                      
                 (1) For failure to comply with the written description                                                                                 
                 requirement of 35 U.S.C.  112, first paragraph;                                                                                       
                 (2) For failure to comply with 35 U.S.C.  112, second                                                                                 
                 Rejection (1)-Written Description                                                                                                      
                          The initial portion of claim 14 reads (emphasis added):                                                                       
                          A tire including a bead on each side of the                                                                                   
                          equatorial plane of the tire, a circumferentially                                                                             
                          extending carcass anchoring means embedded in each                                                                            
                          bead, said carcass anchoring means having a radially                                                                          
                          inner and axially inner edge, . . .                                                                                           
                          The examiner asserts that there was no written                                                                                
                 description, as required by 35 U.S.C.  112, first paragraph,                                                                          
                 of the claimed "carcass anchoring means" in the application as                                                                         
                          The term "carcass anchoring means" does not appear in the                                                                     

                          1In reviewing the claims, we note that "the inner side                                                                        
                 wall" in line 6 of claim 14 does not appear to have a clear                                                                            
                 antecedent basis in the claim.                                                                                                         

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