Ex parte LAURASH et al. - Page 14




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


          envelope.  However, it does not necessarily and inevitably                  
          follow from this that the third or lower panel is optional and              
          may be eliminated, as appellants would have us believe.  In                 
          this regard, the term “and/or” at column 3, line 66, of the                 
          specification may just as readily be interpreted by the                     
          artisan as meaning that the placement of adhesive on the lower              
          panel is optional.                                                          
               In short, we do not believe the disclosure of the                      
          application as originally filed (i.e., the patent disclosure)               
          reasonably conveys to the artisan that appellants had                       
          possession at that time of the subject matter set forth in                  
          claims 21-26.                                                               
               In summary, the standing rejections of claims 21-26 under              
          35 U.S.C.  103 are reversed, and a new rejection of claims                 
          21-26 pursuant to 37 CFR  1.196(b) has been entered.                       
               The decision of the examiner is reversed.                              
               This decision contains a new ground of rejection pursuant              
          to 37 CFR  1.196(b)(amended effective Dec. 1, 1997, by final               
          rule notice, 62 Fed. Reg. 53,131, 53,197 (Oct. 10, 1997), 1203              
          Off. Gaz. Pat. & Trademark Office 63, 122 (Oct. 21, 1997)).                 
          37 CFR                                                                      
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