IN THE UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE
/ hereby certify that this correspondence is being deposited with the U.S. Postal Service as first class
mail in an envelope addressed to Commissioner for Patents, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-
1450 on April 5, 2004.
Kalu K. Vasoya, et al.
LIGHTWEIGHT CIRCUIT BOARD WITH CONDUCTIVE
Xu, Ling X.
INFORMATION DISCLOSURE STATEMENT WITH FEE
UNDER 37 CFR §§ 1.97(d) AND 1.17(p)
Commissioner for Patents
P.O. Box 1450
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450
PostOffice Box 7068
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April 5, 2004
In compliance with the duty of disclosure under 37 CFR §§ 1.56, 1.97 and 1.98, and in
accordance with the provisions in the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure §§ 609 and
707.05(b), enclosed is FORM PTO/SB/08A/B listing a reference that is known to applicant. A
copy of the listed reference is enclosed.
It is respectfully requested that the listed reference be considered in the examination of
this application and identified on the list of references cited on the patent issuing for this
application. Applicant also requests that an initialed copy of FORM PTO/SB/08A/B be entered
in the application file and returned to applicant with the next communication from the Office in
accordance with MPEP § 609.
Applicant's undersigned attorney hereby certifies, in accordance with 37 CFR §
1.97(e)(2), that no item of information contained in the information disclosure statement was
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cited in a communication from a foreign patent office in a counterpart foreign application, and,
to the knowledge of the person signing the certification after making reasonable inquiry, no item
of information contained in the information disclosure statement was known to any individual
designated in Section 1.56(c) more than three months prior to the filing of the information
Enclosed is the processing fee of $180 as required by 37 CFR § 1.17(p). The
Commissioner is hereby authorized to charge any fees which may be required by this paper to
Deposit Account No. 03-1728. Please show our docket number with any Deposit Account
transaction. A copy of this paper is enclosed.
Applicants wish to refer the Examiner to the following statements made in the final
paragraph of the specification of the Ozaki reference (col 3, line 37 - col 4, line 3):
In the above embodiment, the carbon cloth is impregnated with an epoxy
resin as the first resin, but the carbon cloth can be impregnated with another resin
as the first resin. In the above embodiment, the carbon cloth is used as a carbon
core material, but non-woven fabric consisting of carbon, particle carbon or the
like can satisfactorily be used as the carbon core material. In the aforementioned
embodiment, as the second resin, epoxy resins 14, 34, 64 are filled in the resin
pores 12, 32, 62, but another resin can be filled in the resin pores 12, 32, 62 as the
second resin. In the above embodiment, through holes 18, 42, 70 are provided at
portions where the epoxy resins 14, 34, 64 are filled, but only if through holes are
provided at positions where no epoxy resins 14, 34, 64 are filled, the carbon cloth
present in the central part of the printed circuit board base materials 10, 30, 60 can
be conductive to the circuit layers 16, 36, 66.
The last sentence of the foregoing paragraph discloses that through holes that do not pass
through resin filled pores can create electrical connections between the carbon containing layer
and the circuit layers. Applicants submit that the teachings in the prior art of the undesirability of
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such a connection, and the fact that the specification and claims of the Ozaki patent are directed
to structures in which the establishment of such a connection is deliberately avoided, would
leave one of ordinary skill in the art with no motivation to construct a printed wiring board
"wherein at least one electrical connection exists between the carbon containing layer and the
circuit on the electrically conductive layer," as recited in applicants' independent claim 56.
Furthermore, in this context, applicants submit that a worker skilled in the art would understand
the last sentence quoted above as a mere recognition of a potential disadvantage (i.e.,
conductivity of the carbon layer with the circuit layers) that would result if one were to attempt
to drill through holes at locations "where no epoxy resins 14, 34, 64 are filled."(col. 3, line 48)
Therefore, the Ozaki reference does not teach or suggest the invention of applicants 1 pending
claims, either individually or in combination with the other prior art of record. Prompt issuance
of a Notice of Allowance is hereby requested.
If Applicants' counsel can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at the
number listed below.
Enclosures : Check $ 1 80
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EXAMINER: Initial if reference considered, whether or not citation is in conformance with MPEP 609; Draw line through citation if not in conformance and not
considered. Include copy of this form with next communication to applicant. ■Applicant's unique citation designation number (optional). 2 See Kinds Codes of USPTO
Patent Documents at www.pto.gov or MPEP 901 .4. 3 Enter Office that issued the document, by the two-letter code (WIPO standard ST.3). 4 For Japanese patent
documents, the indication of the year of the reign of the Emperor must precede the serial number of the patent document. 3 Kind of document by the appropriate symbols
as indicated on the document under WIPO Standard ST. 16 if possible. Applicant is to place a check mark here if English Language Translation is attached.
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