Ex parte IVE - Page 6




          Appeal No. 1999-1491                                                        
          Application No. 08/386,670                                                  


          claims 18 and 19 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103(a) as                 
          being obvious over Ledesma in view of Deck and Solin as                     
          applied to claim 17 and further in view of Mueller; claim 21                
          stands rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103(a) as being obvious over              
          Ledesma in view of Deck and Solin as applied to claim 17 and                
          further in view of Kelly; claim 22 stands rejected under 35                 
          U.S.C.  103(a) as being obvious over Ledesma in view of Deck               
          and Solin as applied to claim 13 and further in view of Burpo;              
          and claim 23 stands rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103(a) as being              
          obvious over Ledesma in view of Kelly.                                      


               Rather than reiterate the conflicting viewpoints advanced              
          by the examiner and the appellant regarding the above-noted                 
          rejections, we make reference to the final rejection (Paper                 
          No. 6, mailed September 24, 1996) and the examiner's answer                 
          (Paper No. 12, mailed August 29, 1997) for the examiner's                   
          complete reasoning in support of the rejection, and to the                  
          appellant's brief (Paper No. 11, filed April 23, 1997) and                  
          reply brief (Paper No. 13, filed October 29, 1997) for the                  


          assume that claim 20 is rejected with claims 13 through 17.                 
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