Ex Parte Virgil et al - Page 6

                Appeal 2006-3059                                                                                
                Application 10/293,725                                                                          
                (quoting In re Am. Acad. of Sci. Tech. Ctr., 367 F.3d 1359, 1364, 70                            
                USPQ2d 1827, 1830 (Fed. Cir. 2004)).                                                            
                Appellants’ Specification uses the term “lip” only on page 2, in                                
                paragraph [0007], describing it merely as protruding structure.  Nothing in                     
                this brief mention of the term “lip” indicates that it is used in the context of                
                Appellants’ invention in any manner other than its ordinary and customary                       
                definition, namely, “anything like a lip, as in structure or in being an edge,                  
                rim, or margin” (Webster's New World Dictionary 824 (David B. Guralnik                          
                ed., 2nd Coll. Ed., Simon & Schuster, Inc. 1984)).  Either the combination of                   
                sleeve 38 and conically-shaped depression 20, in the case of the illustrated                    
                embodiment, or the sleeve 38 alone, in the embodiment wherein depression                        
                20 is omitted (Hasan, col. 3, ll. 57-60), meets this definition of “lip.”                       
                Further, in either case, the main body 12 of the plate comprises a flat section                 
                immediately adjacent such structure responding to the “lip.”                                    
                       We therefore conclude that Appellants have not demonstrated the                          
                Examiner erred in rejecting claim 7 as anticipated by Hasan.  The rejection                     
                is sustained.                                                                                   


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