For multiple claims
The Action asserts a rejection of claims 21-23 and 26 under 35 U.S.C. § 103(a) as being unpatentable over Hegedus, and further in view of Hamynen. Applicants respectfully assert that Claims 21-23 and 26 recite novel and nonobvious features allowable over the proposed Hegedus - Hamynen combination. Further since claims 21-23 and 26 are dependent claims of allowable independent claim 1, they should also, therefore, be allowable for at least the reasons stated for claim 1. Claims 21-23 and 26 also present independently patentable combinations. Claims 21-23 and 26 should be allowable. Such action is respectfully requested.
For a single claim
The Office asserts a rejection of claim 19 as obvious over Herz, Yoshinobu, and Alexander, in view of Lazarus, and further in view of Daniels, U.S. Patent Publication No. 2002/0032907 (“Daniels”). Applicants respectfully assert that claim 19 recites novel and nonobvious features allowable over the proposed Herz-Yoshinobu-Alexander-Lazarus-Daniels combination. Further, since it depends from allowable claim 14, it should be allowed for at least the reasons stated for claim 14. Claim 19 should be allowable. Such action is respectfully requested.