Ex parte NAOHISA KOMETANI et al. - Page 5

          Appeal No. 95-0938                                                          
          Application 07/796,310                                                      

               Regarding the relationship between fuzzy rule groups and               
          fuzzy sets, we do not interpret any of the above-quoted                     
          independent claims 7, 9 and 11 as being so broad as to be                   
          satisfied by a fixed association or correspondence of a fuzzy set           
          to a fuzzy rule group.  Claim 7 recites a plurality of fuzzy sets           
          which correspond to a fuzzy rule group.  Claims 7 and 9 recite              
          dynamic selection of fuzzy sets and combining the selected fuzzy            
          set with a fuzzy rule group.  Claim 11 recites designating one of           
          a plurality of fuzzy rule groups and one of a plurality of fuzzy            
          sets and then combining the designated fuzzy rule group and fuzzy           
          set.  While it is possible to construe all of this language as              
          being met by a fixed correspondence of a particular fuzzy set to            
          a particular fuzzy rule group, such as by seeing the dynamic                
          selection or designation as a fixed and unvarying selection, such           
          a construction of the claims is unreasonable, especially in light           
          of the appellants’ specification.                                           
               First, if the correspondence is fixed, there is no need to             
          make dynamic selections and subsequent combinations of the                  
          selected fuzzy rule group and the selected fuzzy set.  Secondly,            
          the appellants’ specification makes abundantly clear that the               
          appellants see the problem with prior art systems as having a               
          fixed association between a fuzzy rule group and its                        


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