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PATENT APPLICATION 

IN THE UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE 
In re application of: 

SCANDOLA et al. Atty. Dck. No. 023349-00283 

Serial No.: not yet assigned (div. of 09/897,984) 
Filed: Herewith 

For: CHEMICAL MODIFICATION OF THE SURFACE OF NATURAL FIBERS 

INFORMATION DISCLOSURE STATEMENT 

Commissioner for Patents 
P.O. Box 1450 

Alexandria, VA 22313-1450 October 17, 2003 

Sir: 

Pursuant to 37 CFR §1 .56, the attention of the Patent and Trademark Office is 
hereby directed to the information item(s) listed on the attached PTO-1449. Unless 
otherwise indicated herein, one copy of each item(s) is attached. It is respectfully 
requested that the information be expressly considered during the prosecution of this 
application, and that the item(s) be made of record therein and appear among the 
"References Cited" on any patent to issue therefrom. 

[X] 1 . This Information Disclosure Statement is being filed (a) within three months 
of the U.S. filing date, OR (b) before the mailing date of a first Office Action on the 
merits in the present application, OR (c) accompanies a Request for Continued 
Examination. No certification or fee is required. 

□ 2. This Information Disclosure Statement is being filed more than three months 
after the U.S. filing date AND after the mailing date of the first Office Action on the 
merits, but before the mailing date of a Final Rejection or Notice of Allowance. 

□ a. I hereby certify that each item of information contained in this 
Information Disclosure Statement was first cited in a communication from a 
foreign patent office in a counterpart foreign application not more than three 
months prior to the filing of this Information Disclosure Statement. 37 CFR 
§1. 97(e)(1). 

□ b. I hereby certify that no item of information in this Information 
Disclosure Statement was cited in a communication from a foreign patent 
office in a counterpart foreign application or, to my knowledge after making 
reasonable inquiry, was known to any individual designated in 37 CFR 

§1 .56(c) more than three months prior to the filing of this Information 
Disclosure Statement. 37 CFR §1. 97(e)(2). 



□ c. A check in the amount of $180.00 in payment of the fee under 37 
CFR §1.1 7(p). Please charge any fee deficiency or credit any overpayment 
to Deposit Account No. 01-2300 as needed to ensure consideration of the 
disclosed information. 

□ 3. This Information Disclosure Statement is being filed more than three months 
after the U.S. filing date and after the mailing date of a Final Rejection or Notice of 
Allowance, but before payment of the Issue Fee. Applicant(s) hereby petition(s) that 
the Information Disclosure Statement be considered. Attached is our check in the 
amount of $180.00 in payment of the petition fee under 37 CFR §1 .17(i)(1 ). Please 
charge any fee deficiency or credit any overpayment to Deposit Account No. 01-2300 
as needed to ensure consideration of the disclosed information. 

□ a. I hereby certify that each item of information contained in this 



Information Disclosure Statement was first cited in a communication from a 
foreign patent office in a counterpart foreign application not more than three 
months prior to the filing of this Information Disclosure Statement. 37 CFR 



□ b. I hereby certify that no item of information in this Information 

Disclosure Statement was cited in a communication from a foreign patent 
office in a counterpart foreign application or, to my knowledge after making 
reasonable inquiry, was known to any individual designated in 37 CFR 
§1 .56(c) more than three months prior to the filing of this Information 
Disclosure Statement. 37 CFR §1 .97(e)(2), 

E>3 4. The reference(s) was/were cited by or submitted to the Office in parent 

application No. 09/897,984, filed July 5, 2001, which is relied upon for an earlier filing 
date under 35 U.S.C. § 120. Thus, copies of these references are not attached. 37 
CFR § 1.98(d). 



Customer No. 004372 

ARENT FOX KINTNER PLOTKIN & KAHN, PLLC 
1050 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., 
Suite 400 

Washington, D.C. 20036-5339 
Tel: (202)857-6000 
Fax: (202)638-4810 



§1 .97(e)(1). 




Respectfully submitted 



HJC/ccd 



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Sheet 1 ofl 



FORM PTO-1449 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 


ATTY. DOCKET NO. 


SERIAL NO. 


PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE 


023349-00283 


not yet assigned 




APPLICANT 




LIST OF REFERENCES CITED BY APPLICANT 


SCANDOLA et al. 




(Use several sheets if necessary) 


FILING DATE 


GROUP 


Herewith 


unknown 



U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS 



EXAMINER 
INITIAL 




DOCUMENT 
NO. 


DATE 


NAME 


CLASS 


SUB- 
CLASS 


FILING 
DATE 




AA 


3,492,082 


01/27/70 


Lee 










AB 


4,857,588 


08/15/89 


Coleman-Kammula 










AC 


2,109,295 


02/22/38 


Lawrie et al 










AD 


4,803,116 


02/1989 


Amano et al. 










AE 
















AF 














FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS 






DOCUMENT 
NO. 


DATE 


COUNTRY 


CLASS 


SUB- 
CLASS 


TRANSLATION 
YES NO PART. 




AG 


DE 44 40 246 A1 


05/15/96 


Germany 














AH 


1 590 176 


05/28/81 


Great Britain 














Al 




















AJ 




















AK 




















AL 


















OTHER REFERENCES (Including Author, Title, Date, Pertinent Pages, Etc.) 




AM 






AN 






AO 





EXAMINER 


DATE CONSIDERED 


*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.