Ex parte CAROL E. BASSETT - Page 7

          Appeal No. 95-4957                                                          
          Application 07/950,979                                                      

          The first difference between claim 1 and Kronstadt argued                   
          by appellants is the claimed plurality of system memory data                
          busses.  According to appellants, Kronstadt discloses a memory              
          with only a single data bus [reply brief, page 3].  The examiner            
          argues that system busses are not typically the connections to              
          the memory chips, and the claimed recitation would be an inherent           
          property in Kronstadt in any case [supplemental answer, page 8].            
          The examiner also asserts that the claimed plurality of system              
          memory data busses is functionally equivalent to the system data            
          bus of Kronstadt [supplemental answer, page 9].  We agree with              
          appellants on this point.                                                   
          The busses of claim 1 are not recited simply as system                      
          busses, but rather, as system memory data busses.  Thus, the                
          busses of claim 1 must be distinguished from busses used for                
          address or control information.  The data in appellants’ FIG. 3             
          is latched from a plurality of data busses [busses 342, 344, 346            
          and 348].  The data in Kronstadt is shown as being sent on a                
          single data bus and it is the address information which routes              
          this single bus of data.  There is simply no suggestion in                  
          Kronstadt that the system memory includes a plurality of system             
          data busses, and the examiner’s contention that this feature is             
          inherently present in Kronstadt is not only unsupported by the              


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