Ex parte LAURASH et al. - Page 4

          Appeal No. 1999-2063                                                        
          Application No. 08/744,432                                                  

          Ehret, and Webendorfer, respectively) connected together along              
          a transverse perforated fold line.  The examiner further                    
          considers that O’Brien, Ehret and Webendorfer each include                  
          adhesive backed side panels (adhesive portions 24, 28 of                    
          O’Brien’s U-shaped adhesive area, leg elements of Ehert’s U-                
          shaped adhesive area 26, opposed portions of Webendorfer’s                  
          unnumbered U-shaped adhesive area bounding shipping label 42)               
          connected to respective sides of the second panels along                    
          vertical lines of perforation.2  The examiner concedes that                 
          none of the primary references discloses vertical lines of                  
          perforation between the second panel and the side panels that               
          extend all the way to the bottom edge of the second panel, as               
          called for in each of the independent claims on appeal.                     
          However, the examiner cites Rogers for a teaching of this                   
          feature.  In particular, the examiner considers that Rogers                 

               2In that appellants do not dispute the examiner’s implicit             
          finding to the effect that Ehert’s adhesive area 26 is                      
          connected to the second panel by a U-shaped line of                         
          perforation, we will accept the examiner’s finding in this                  
          respect at face value.  We note for completeness sake,                      
          however, that the U-shaped dotted line 60 seen in Ehret’s                   
          Figure 5 merely indicates where the top portion of the release              
          liner 16 of the first panel 14 will overlie the adhesive 26                 
          when the first panel is folded under the second panel.  See                 
          column 4, lines 15-22.                                                      

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