If a patentee has narrowed elements (through select limitations) in a dependent claim of an expired patent - to overcome the prior art; can another patent applicant use some of those same narrowed elements in a dependent claim to also overcome the prior art?
While those dependent limitations may give you an idea of a direction to narrow, adding those same limitations does not guarantee
that you will overcome the prior art in your own application. The Examiner does a search in each individual application, and different Examiners turn up different art. If the Examiner in your application finds art which teaches a particular limitation, it's not legally relevant to argue "but the PTO found this limitation novel in issued patent X,XXX,XXX".