Ex parte BROWN - Page 6

          Appeal No. 95-1955                                                          
          Application 08/109,982                                                      

               The function of the description requirement is to ensure               
          that the inventor had possession, as of the filing date of the              
          application relied on, of the specific subject matter later                 
          claimed by him.  In re Wertheim, 541 F.2d 257, 265, 191 USPQ 90,            
          98 (CCPA 1976).  How the specification accomplishes this is not             
          material, and it is not necessary that the specification describe           
          the claim limitations exactly.  Id.  Under the written                      
          description requirement, a specification need not describe the              
          claimed invention in ipsis verbis to comply with 35 U.S.C.  112,           
          first paragraph.  In re Edwards, 568 F.2d 1349, 1351-52, 196 USPQ           
          465, 467 (CCPA 1978).  The test is whether the originally filed             
          specification reasonably conveys to a person having ordinary                
          skill that applicant had possession of the subject matter later             
          claimed.  In re Kaslow, 707 F.2d 1366, 1375, 217 USPQ 1089, 1096            
          (Fed. Cir. 1983).  Here, we think it does.                                  
               The examiner may not limit a review of the specification to            
          only a single paragraph in the disclosure.  Rather, the entire              
          document must be considered as a whole in determining what it               
          would convey to one with ordinary skill in the art.  In that                
          regard, we note several other portions of the specification:                
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                    Random events may cause data within non-volatile                  
               memories to be incorrectly read or written.  In postage                


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