Ex parte COHEN - Page 3




          Appeal No. 1999-1812                                                        
          Application No. 08/692,761                                                  

          sheave in mechanical communication with the cable for holding               
          the cable in the groove of the sheave, and an input roller 52               
          at one end of the plurality of linkage means.  Of particular                
          interest in the obviousness issue raised in this appeal is the              
          requirement of claim 13 that the plurality of linkage means 42              
          comprises means for connection of each of said rollers to each              
          other “in which at least one of said linkage means comprises                
          means for selectably detachable removal thereof from a roller               
          communicating therewith.”  According to claim 13, with the                  
          above arrangement “placement of said cable means between said               
          sheave and said plurality of rollers is facilitated by removal              
          of said at least one of said selectably detachably removable                
          linkage means . . . .”                                                      
               Turning to the examiner’s  103 rejection of the appealed              
          claims, there appears to be no dispute that Naito’s Figure 8                
          embodiment includes all the limitations of claim 13 except                  
          that Naito’s links 8, 8A for connecting rollers 10, 23                      
          together are not disclosed as including at least one link “for              
          selectably detachable removal thereof from a roller                         
          communicating therewith,” as now claimed.  Nevertheless, the                
          examiner has taken the position that it would have been                     

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