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APPLICATION NO. 



FILING DATE 



FIRST NAMED INVENTOR 



ATTORNEY DOCKET NO. 



CONFIRMATION NO. 



10/020,506 



12/11/2001 



23363 7590 02/27/2004 

CHRISTIE, PARKER & HALE, LLP 
350 WEST COLORADO BOULEVARD 
SUITE 500 

PASADENA, CA 91105 



Kalu K. Vasoya 



47490/RAG/S968 



8703 



EXAMINER 



XU, LING X 



ART UNIT 



PAPER NUMBER 



1775 

DATE MAILED: 02/27/2004 



Please find below and/or attached an Office communication concerning this application or proceeding. 



PTO-90C (Rev. 10/03) 



Office Action Summary 



Application No. 

10/020,506 



Examiner 

Ling X. Xu 



Applicant(s) 

VASOYAETAL. Jjj^f 



Art Unit 

1775 



- The MAILING DATE of this communication appears on the cover sheet with the correspondence address - 
Period for Reply 

A SHORTENED STATUTORY PERIOD FOR REPLY IS SET TO EXPIRE 3 MONTH(S) FROM 
THE MAILING DATE OF THIS COMMUNICATION. 

- Extensions of time may be available under the provisions of 37 CFR 1.136(a). In no event, however, may a reply be timely filed 
after SIX (6) MONTHS from the mailing date of this communication. 

- If the period for reply specified above is less than thirty (30) days, a reply within the statutory minimum of thirty (30) days will be considered timely. 

- If NO period for reply is specified above, the maximum statutory period will apply and will expire SIX (6) MONTHS from the mailing date of this communication. 

- Failure to reply within the set or extended period for reply will, by statute, cause the application to become ABANDONED (35 U.S.C. § 1 33). 
Any reply received by the Office later than three months after the mailing date of this communication, even if timely filed, may reduce any 
earned patent term adjustment. See 37 CFR 1.704(b). 

Status 

1 )[><] Responsive to communication(s) filed on 15 January 2004 . 
2a)D This action is FINAL. 2b)Q This action is non-final. 

3) [X] Since this application is in condition for allowance except for formal matters, prosecution as to the merits is 

closed in accordance with the practice under Ex parte Quayle, 1935 CD. 1 1 , 453 O.G. 213. 

Disposition of Claims 

4) [X] Claim(s) 56-66 and 71-84 is/are pending in the application. 

4a) Of the above claim(s) 75-84 is/are withdrawn from consideration. 

5) [X] Claim(s) 56-66 and 71-74 is/are allowed. 

6) D Claim(s) is/are rejected. 

7) D Claim(s) is/are objected to. 

8) D Claim(s) are subject to restriction and/or election requirement. 

Application Papers 

9) [X] The specification is objected to by the Examiner. 

10) |EI The drawing(s) filed on 15 January 2004 is/are: a)D accepted or b)[X] objected to by the Examiner. 

Applicant may not request that any objection to the drawing(s) be held in abeyance. See 37 CFR 1.85(a). 
Replacement drawing sheet(s) including the correction is required if the drawing(s) is objected to. See 37 CFR 1.121(d). 

1 1) D The oath or declaration is objected to by the Examiner. Note the attached Office Action or form PTO-152. 

Priority under 35 U.S.C. § 119 

12) Q Acknowledgment is made of a claim for foreign priority under 35 U.S.C. § 1 19(a)-(d) or (f). 
a)D All b)Q Some * c)D None of: 

1 .□ Certified copies of the priority documents have been received. 

2.Q Certified copies of the priority documents have been received in Application No. . 



3.D Copies of the certified copies of the priority documents have been received in this National Stage 
application from the International Bureau (PCT Rule 17.2(a)). 
See the attached detailed Office action for a list of the certified copies not received. 



Attachment(s) 

1) □ Notice of References Cited (PTO-892) 

2) dl Notice of Draftsperson's Patent Drawing Review (PTO-948) 

3) □ Information Disclosure Statement(s) (PTO-1449 or PTO/SB/08) 

Paper No(s)/Mail Date . 



4) □ Interview Summary (PTO-413) 

Paper No(s)/Mail Date. . 

5) □ Notice of Informal Patent Application (PTO-152) 

6) □ Other: . 



U S Patent and Trademark Office 
PTOL-326 (Rev. 1-04) 



Office Action Summary 



Part of Paper No./Mail Date 20040210 



Application/Control Number: 10/020,506 
Art Unit: 1775 



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DETAILED ACTION 

Allowable Subject Matter 

1 . Claims 56-66 and 71-74 are allowed. 

Election/Restrictions 

2. Newly submitted claims 75-84 are directed to an invention that is independent or distinct 
from the invention originally claimed for the following reasons: 

• The printed wiring board of claims 56-66 and 71-74 comprises: at least one carbon 
containing layer, at least one electrically conduct layer located between the carbon 
containing layer and the electrically conductive layer, and at least one electrically 
connection exists between the carbon containing layer and the circuit on the 
electrically conductive layer. 

• The printed wiring board of claims 75-84 comprises: a functional layer which 
containing carbon as a ground plane and/or power plane. 

Since applicant has received an action on the merits for the originally presented 
invention, this invention has been constructively elected by original presentation for prosecution 
on the merits. Accordingly, claims 75-84 are withdrawn from consideration as being directed to 
a non-elected invention. See 37 CFR 1.142(b) and MPEP § 821.03. 

This application is in condition for allowance except for the presence of claims 75-84 to 
an invention non-elected. Applicant should cancel the noted claims or take other appropriate 
action (37 CFR 1.144). Failure to take action during this period will be treated as authorization 



Application/Control Number: 10/020,506 Page 3 

Art Unit: 1775 

to cancel the noted claims by Examiner's Amendment and pass the case to issue. Extensions of 
time under 37 CFR 1 .136(a) will not be permitted since this application will be passed to issue. 
The prosecution of this case is closed except for consideration of the above matter. 

3. This application is in condition for allowance except for the following formal matters in 
the specification: 

The newly added specification has been entered. However, the newly added drawings 
1 A and IB have not been entered because drawings 1 A and IB contain the same subject matter 
as the original drawings 10 and 1 1 A, respectively. Although 1A may contain one less element 
128 as drawing 10, the two drawings are almost identical in the structure. Two almost identical 
drawings should not be present in one application. Accordingly, the newly added drawings have 
not been entered. Applicant should amend the specification to refer the drawings 1 A and IB to 
the original drawings 10 and 1 1 A, respectively. 

Since the prosecution on the merits is closed, applicant is reminded that only minor 
informality change such as changing the drawings number should be made in the specification. 

Prosecution on the merits is closed in accordance with the practice under Ex parte 
Quayle, 1935 CD. 1 1, 453 O.G. 213. 

A shortened statutory period for reply to this action is set to expire TWO MONTHS 
from the mailing date of this letter. 



Application/Control Number: 10/020,506 
Art Unit: 1775 



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Any inquiry concerning this communication or earlier communications from the 



examiner should be directed to Ling X. Xu whose telephone number is 571-272-1546. The 
examiner can normally be reached on 8:00 - 4:30 Monday - Friday. 

If attempts to reach the examiner by telephone are unsuccessful, the examiner's 
supervisor, Deborah D. Jones can be reached on 571-272-1535. The fax phone number for the 
organization where this application or proceeding is assigned is 703-872-9306. 

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Ling X. Xu 



Examiner 
Art Unit 1775 




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