Ex parte GAPCO - Page 2

          Appeal No. 1999-1480                                                        
          Application No. 08/523,330                                                  

               Appellant’s invention relates to a key-holding apparatus               
          having a spheroidal body for enabling easier grasping and                   
          turning of a key, particularly by individuals who suffer from               
          arthritis or other debilitating medical conditions that impact              
          digital dexterity.  Various forms of attachment and/or                      
          clamping structures are disclosed for connecting the                        
          spheroidal body to a key.  A copy of claims 52-70 on appeal                 
          may be found in the Appendix to appellant’s brief.                          
          Representative claim 52 is set forth below:                                 

               52.       A key-holding apparatus having a spheroidal body             
          for gripping and applying torque to a key, said apparatus                   
               a front body portion having a slot formed therein for                  
          accepting said key;                                                         
               a substantially hemispherical rear body portion opposed                
          to said front body portion, said rear body portion providing                
          an engagement surface engageable with an operator’s hand; and               
               a torque transmitting key attachment structure extending               
          along said slot for transmitting torque from said operator’s                
          hand to said key via said engagement surface, said key                      
          attachment structure comprising a thermoexpansive clamping                  


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