Ex parte GRABHORN - Page 8

          Appeal No. 1999-2446                                       Page 8           
          Application No. 08/705,592                                                  

          surfaces that tend to stick together when wet and form a mass               
          of fragments that prevents flow of water through the bag, and               
          the wood fragments resist adhering to other wood fragments                  
          within the container without becoming clogged with sediment                 
          carried by the water."  With respect to the other independent               
          claims on appeal (i.e., claims 14, 17, 23 and 25) the examiner              
          stated (answer, p. 5) that these claims were indefinite for                 
          the same reason as set forth above for claim 6.                             

               The appellant argues (brief, pp. 7-8) that there is                    
          nothing inherently ambiguous about the above-noted limitation               
          of claim 6 and that the examiner has not provided any                       
          explanation as to why one skilled in the art would not                      
          understand the meaning of the above-noted limitation of claim               
          6 when read in light of the specification.  We agree.  We have              
          fully reviewed the examiner's rejection and response to the                 
          appellant's argument (answer, pp. 4-5 & 7-8) but fail to see                
          any reasoning as to why the claimed language fails to make                  
          clear the boundaries of the subject matter for which                        
          protection is sought.  The appellant's specification (p. 3)                 
          makes clear that hammer-milled wood fragments are preferred                 

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