Ex parte GAPCO - Page 9

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

          “thermoexpansively bonded” and “permanently bonded” to the                  

               In this particular instance, after considering                         
          appellant’s disclosure as a whole, we have determined that                  
          appellant fails to describe a bond between a key and the                    
          spheroidal handle wherein the handle is “permanently bonded”                
          to the end of a key as required by claims 63 and 66.  We                    
          construe “permanently bonded” as used in these claims to                    
          require a connection between two elements that is intended to               
          last indefinitely without change and which can only be                      
          separated by destroying at least a portion of one of the                    
          bonded elements.  We also understand, from page 5, lines 21-                
          28, of appellant’s disclosure, that a “thermoexpansive bond”                
          like that set forth in claim 66 is one which allows “easier                 
          insertion of a key when the handle is cooled as in the freezer              
          compartment of a common refrigerator, but... [provides]                     
          increased clamping or retention force when the handle assembly              
          is allowed to return to room temperature.”                                  

               It is clear from the foregoing that a “thermoexpansive                 

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