Ex parte LEWIS et al. - Page 4
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Appeal No. 1997-1014
for executing communication programs and applications in
cooperation with the electrical circuits” of either the
apparatus [claim 1] or the communication device [claim 11].
The examiner finds this claim limitation to be met by the
separate calculator or clock modules of Takagi. We disagree.
There is no teaching in Takagi to suggest that the
disclosed clock and calculator modules are anything but
separate units merely placed in a compartment on the telephone
apparatus to give the telephone extra functional capabilities.
Takagi does not
suggest that these modules are interconnected with any
electrical circuits in the main body of the telephone in any
manner. To suggest that the modules are anything but wholly
contained units in and of themselves which are merely placed,
alternatively, in a compartment of the larger device amounts
to mere speculation.
Now it should be noted, and appellants recognize, that
while the calculator and clock modules of Takagi are not
interconnected to any circuitry in the body of the telephone,
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