Ex parte WIDLUND et al. - Page 2




                     Appeal No. 1999-2678                                                                                                                                              
                     Application 08/704,705                                                                                                                                            


                                The invention relates to a diaper-like article which                                                                                                   
                     prevents urine and feces from mixing.  A copy of claims 12                                                                                                        
                     through 30 appears in the appendix to the appellants’ main                                                                                                        
                     brief (Paper No. 13).                                                                                                                                             
                                The references relied upon by the examiner as evidence of                                                                                              
                     obviousness are:                                                                                                                                                  
                     Williams                                                         4,662,877                                  May   5, 1987                                         
                     Foreman                                                          4,738,677                                  Apr. 19, 1988                                         
                     Huffman et al. (Huffman)                                                   4,935,021                                  Jun. 19,                                    
                     1990                                                                                                                                                              
                     Barrochelo et al., (Barrochelo)  9202817-9                         1                                        Jan. 25, 1994                                         
                     Brazilian Patent Document                                                                                                                                         
                                Claims 12 through 30 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.                                                                                                   
                     112, second paragraph, as failing to particularly point out                                                                                                       
                     and distinctly claim the subject matter the appellants regard                                                                                                     
                     as the invention.                                                                                                                                                 
                                Claim 28 stands rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103(a) as                                                                                                   
                     being unpatentable over Barrochelo.                                                                                                                               
                                Claims 29 and 30 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103(a)                                                                                               
                     as being unpatentable over Barrochelo in view of Foreman and                                                                                                      
                     Williams.                                                                                                                                                         

                                1 An English language translation of this reference,                                                                                                   
                     prepared on behalf of the Patent and Trademark Office, is                                                                                                         
                     appended hereto.                                                                                                                                                  
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