Ex parte GAPCO - Page 8




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


          description requirement of the first paragraph of  112.  In                
          general, the test for determining compliance with the written               
          description requirement of  112 is whether the disclosure of               
          the application as originally filed reasonably conveys to the               
          artisan that the inventor had possession at that time of the                
          later claimed subject matter, rather than the presence or                   
          absence of literal support in the specification for the claim               
          language under consideration.  Further, it is also well                     
          settled that the content of the drawings may be considered in               
          determining compliance with the written description                         
          requirement.  See Wang Laboratories Inc. v. Toshiba Corp., 993              
          F.2d 858, 865, 26 USPQ2d 1767, 1774 (Fed. Cir. 1993); Vas-Cath              
          Inc. v. Mahurkar, 935 F.2d 1555, 1563, 19 USPQ2d 1111, 1116-                
          1117 (Fed. Cir. 1991); see also In re Kaslow, 707 F.2d 1366,                
          1375, 217 USPQ 1089, 1096 (Fed. Cir. 1983).                                 


               Upon reviewing claim 66, we note that claim 66 requires                
          the key to be “thermoexpansively bonded to said handle.”                    
          Claim 63, from which claim 66 depends, additionally requires                
          the handle to be “permanently bonded to the end of the key.”                
          Therefore, claim 66 requires that the handle be                             
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