Ex parte WALKER - Page 3

          Appeal No. 1999-1042                                       Page 3           
          Application No. 08/781,220                                                  

               Claims 14-18 also stand rejected under the judicially                  
          created doctrine of double patenting over claims 1-8 of U.S.                
          Patent No. 5,644,876.                                                       
               Rather than attempt to reiterate the examiner’s full                   
          commentary with regard to the above-noted rejection and the                 
          conflicting viewpoints advanced by the examiner and the                     
          appellant regarding the rejections, we make reference to the                
          Examiner’s Answers (Papers No. 9 and 11) and the Appellant’s                
          Briefs (Papers No. 8 and 10).                                               
               The appellant’s invention is directed to a modular unit                
          for supplying medical gas services in health care facilities                
          such as hospitals.  According to the appellant, prior art                   
          modular units very often are obstacles at the bedside of a                  
          patient, interfering with patient care in that they get in the              
          way of the multiple medical practitioners who are attempting to             
          administer to the patient.  The appellant’s invention overcomes             
          these problems by providing a modular medical gas services unit             
          in the form of a narrow tower or column which is accessible                 
          from all sides, occupies little space, and provides the                     

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