Ex parte BOICHOT et al. - Page 2

                 Appeal No. 1999-1054                                                                                     Page 2                        
                 Application No. 08/889,594                                                                                                             

                          The appellants’ invention is directed to an improvement in                                                                    
                 semi-active suspension systems.  The claims on appeal have been                                                                        
                 reproduced in an appendix to the Brief.                                                                                                
                                                                THE REFERENCES                                                                          
                          The references relied upon by the examiner to support the                                                                     
                 final rejection are:                                                                                                                   
                 Karnopp                                               5,024,302                                    Jun. 18,                            
                 French Patent (Renault)                               2,660,705                                    Oct. 11,                            
                                                               THE REJECTIONS2                                                                          
                          Claims 1 and 3 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  102(b) as                                                                     
                 being anticipated by Renault.                                                                                                          
                          Claims 2, 4 and 5-8 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103                                                                      
                 as being unpatentable over Karnopp in view of Renault.                                                                                 

                          1Our understanding of this reference has been obtained                                                                        
                 from a PTO translation, a copy of which is enclosed.                                                                                   
                          2A rejection of claims 1-8 under the judicially created                                                                       
                 doctrine of obviousness-type double patenting was alleviated                                                                           
                 by the filing of a terminal disclaimer.  A rejection of claims                                                                         
                 2 and 4 under 35 U.S.C.  112, second paragraph, was withdrawn                                                                         
                 by the examiner in the Answer.                                                                                                         

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