Ex Parte FORBES et al - Page 3




          Appeal No. 1999-2775                                                        
          Application No. 08/549,847                                                  


          we refer to the examiner's answer (Paper No. 22, mailed April 12,           
          1999) and to appellants' brief (Paper No. 21, filed February 1,             
          1999) for a full exposition thereof.                                        


          OPINION                                                                     
          At the outset, we observe that appellants, on page 4 of                     
          their brief, have provided three groupings of the claims before             
          us on appeal, i.e., Group 1: claims 1 and 5 through 7; Group 2:             
          claims 13 and 15 through 17; and Group 3: claims 2 and 14.  Thus,           
          in accordance with 37 CFR  1.192(c)(7), we have selected claims            
          1, 13 and 2 as being representative of the respective claim                 
          groupings and will decide this appeal on the basis of those                 
          claims alone.                                                               


          Having carefully reviewed the obviousness issues raised in                  
          this appeal in light of the record before us, we have come to the           
          conclusion that the examiner's rejection of the appealed claims             
          under 35 U.S.C.  103 should be sustained with regard to claims             
          13 and 15 through 17, but not with regard to claims 1, 2, 5                 
          through 7 and 14.  Our reasoning in support of these                        
          determinations follows.                                                     





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