Ex parte GAPCO - Page 3




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


               The prior art references of record relied upon by the                  
          examiner as evidence of obviousness are:                                    


          McRae et al. (McRae)          4,035,865           July 19, 1977             
          Thomas                        4,312,200           Jan. 26, 1982             
          Schmalz, Jr. (Schmalz)        4,768,362           Sept. 6, 1988             
          Taylor                        4,910,983           Mar. 27, 1990             
          Linsalato et al. (Linsalato)       5,435,160           July 25,             
          1995                                                                        
                                             (filed June 28, 1993)                    


               Claim 66 stands rejected under 35 U.S.C.  112, first                  
          paragraph, as containing subject matter which was not                       
          described in the specification in such a way as to reasonably               
          convey to one skilled in the relevant art that the inventor,                
          at the time the application was filed, had possession of the                
          claimed invention.  According to the examiner “[t]he                        
          specification fails to reasonably convey to one skilled in the              
          art that, at the time the application was filed, Appellant had              
          possession of a key and handle apparatus wherein the key is                 
          permanently and thermo-expansively bonded to the handle.”                   


               Claims 52 and 55 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103(a)               
          as being unpatentable over McRae in view of Taylor.                         
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