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AMENDMENTS TO THE CLAIMS : 

Please amend the claims as follows: 

Claims 1-11. (Cancel) 

12. (Original) A polymer-grafted natural fiber wherein the polymer is a polyether. 

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14. (Currently Amended) A polymer-grafted natural fiber obtained using a process 
comprising the following steps: 

converting the hydroxyl groups on the natural fiber into the corresponding salified 
alcoholate groups; 

grafting on the salified alcoholate groups a functionalized polyether containing a 
leaving group that favors nucleophilic substitution accord i ng to any of tho forego i ng 
c l a i ms 1 11 . 

15. (Original) A composite material comprising polymer-grafted natural fibers, 
wherein the polymer is a polyether. 

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17. (Currently Amended) The A composite material using polymer-grafted natural 
fibers, wherein the natural fibers are grafted with polymers using toe a process 
comprising the following steps: 



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converting the hydroxy! groups on the natural fiber into the corresponding salified 
alcoholate groups; 

grafting on the salified alcoholate groups a functionalized polvether containing a 
leaving group that favors nucleophilic substitution according to ono or mor e of tho 
for e go i ng cla i ms from 1 to 1 1 . 

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1 9. (Currently Amended) Use of polymer-grafted natural fibers for the preparation of 
composite materials, wherein the natural fibers are grafted using a process comprising 
the following steps: 

converting the hvdroxvl groups on the natural fiber into the corresponding salified 
alcoholate groups; 

grafting on the salified alcoholate groups a functionalized polvether containing a 
leaving group that favors nucleophilic substitution accord i ng to ono or more of tho 
for e going c l aims from 1 to 1 1 . 



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