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Atty. Docket No. 010520 

Serial No. 09/998.. 152 

Response Dated March 12, 2008 

Reply to Office Action Dated December 12, 2007 

Reference character 181 has been replaced with reference characters 181 A, 181B, and 

181C. 

REMARKS 

The drawings were amended to correct reference characters. The specification was 
amended to reflect the corrections to the drawings. Claims 2-7, 9-20, 25-31, 33, 35, and 37 
are standing in this application. Claims 21-24 and 36 are cancelled without prejudice or 
disclaimer to the subject matter contained therein. No new matter has been entered. 
Favorable reconsideration and allowance of the standing claims are respectfully requested. 

At page 2, paragraph 4 of the Office Action, the drawings were objected to as failing 
to comply with 37 CFR 1.84(p)(4) because the reference character "11" and the reference 
characters "169", "177", "179", and "181" were used to designate multiple elements in the 
same view. Applicant respectfully traverses the objection based on the amendments above 
and the following remarks. 

To address the objection to the drawings raised in the Office Action, Applicant is 
submitting herewith replacement drawing sheets of FIGS. 1-23, which include changes to 
FIGS. 1,3-6, and 1 1 . The changes were made to overcome the objections and comply with 
37 CFR 1.84(p)(4). Applicant respectfully submits that the corrected drawings sheets comply 
with 37 CFR 1.121(d). No new matter has been added. Therefore, Applicant respectfully 
requests withdrawal of the objection to the drawings. 

Applicant has amended the specification to properly reflect the correction to the 
drawings in the specification. Accordingly, Applicant has amended paragraphs [0048], 
[0053], [0055], [0057]-[0063], [0065], [0067], [0069], [0070], [0073], [0075], and [0076]. 
No new matter has been added. 



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Atty. Docket No. 010520 

Serial No. 09/998,152 

Response Dated March 12, 2008 

Reply to Office Action Dated December 12, 2007 

At page 4, paragraph 5 of the Office Action, claims 21-24 and 36 are rejected under 
35 U.S.C. ยง101 because the claimed invention is directed to non-statutory subject matter. 
Applicant has cancelled claims 21-24 and 36 without prejudice or disclaimer to the subject 
matter contained therein. Therefore, the rejection with respect to claims 21-24 and 26 is now 
rendered moot. 



At page 5, paragraph 8 of the Office Action claims 2-7, 9-20, 25-31, 33, 35, and 37 
are allowed. Accordingly, Applicant respectfully requests that the Office issue a timely notice 
of allowance. 



The Examiner is invited to contact the undersigned representative by telephone to 
discuss any outstanding issues with this application. 

The Office is hereby authorized to charge any underpayment of fees, or credit any 
overpayments, to Deposit Account No. 11-1110. 




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Attorney for Applicant 

KIRKPATRICK & LOCKHART PRESTON GATES ELLIS LLP 

Henry W. Oliver Building 

535 Smithfield Street 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222-2312 

Telephone: (412) 355-6423 
Fax: (412) 355-6501 

E-Mail : roberto .capriotti@klgates . com 

Customer No. 26285 



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