American IPA points out that this summer's Becton opinion from the Federal Circuit includes a great quote to fight this sort of rejection:
Where a claim lists elements separately, "the clear implication of the claim language" is that those elements are "distinct components" of the patented invention.
(Becton Dickinson and Co. v. Tyco Healthcare Group, slip op. page 10, quoting Gaus v. Conair Corp., 363 F.3d 1284, 1288 (Fed. Cir. 2004 )).
I'll be watching to see if the BPAI starts using Becton. I blogged earlier (here) about several BPAI decisions that relied on the same rationale to reverse anticipation rejections. In those decisions, the BPAI cited to Lantech, Inc. v. Keip Machine Co (1994) and In re Robertson (1999) as Federal Circuit precedent. Actually, it seems that Gaus v. Conair, quoted in Becton, might be the clearest statement of the proposition.