Ex parte MAHALEK et al. - Page 2

          Appeal No. 1999-1661                                                        
          Application No. 08/801,862                                                  

          to the Appeal Brief filed by Appellants, the Examiner withdrew              
          the rejection of claims 2-4 and 7-13 as indicated at page 2 of              
          the Answer.  Accordingly, only the rejection of claims 1, 5,                
          and 6 is before us on appeal.                                               
               The disclosed invention relates to a motor vehicle                     
          sensing arrangement used to detect an obstruction at a movable              
          vehicle part such as an electric window.  The sensor                        
          arrangement includes a pair of opposing resilient walls which               
          define a cavity, the walls moving toward each other when an                 
          obstruction is pinched between the movable vehicle part and                 
          the walls.  A distance sensor, arranged in the cavity between               
          the walls, engages an interior portion of one of the walls to               
          actuate a response signal.                                                  
               Claim 1 is illustrative of the invention and reads as                  
               1. A motor vehicle sensor arrangement for detecting an                 
          obstruction at a movable vehicle part which is movable along a              
          path into an end position, comprising:                                      
               a pair of opposing walls spaced at a first distance in an              
          undeformed position to define a cavity therebetween, said                   
          cavity being located proximate but outside of said path of the              
          movable vehicle part, at least one of said walls being formed               
          of a resilient material such that the walls move toward each                
          other when said obstruction is pinched between said movable                 
          vehicle part and said walls; and                                            


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