Ex parte LEVIEN - Page 8

          Appeal No. 95-2827                                                          
          Application 07/983,211                                                      

          These calculations are performed on an object pixel and on                  
          peripheral pixels around the object pixel to obtain corrected               
          data.  This calculation is performed in such a manner that a                
          difference in density between the object pixel and each of the              
          peripheral pixels is calculated and all the differences are                 
          summed.  Figure 4 of Itoh shows (and each succeeding                        
          embodiment having a corresponding figure shows) that object                 
          pixel Dm,n in memory 11 is surrounded by other pixels in its                
          periphery, which are respectively operated upon to determine                
          the Laplacian calculations just mentioned.  These calculations              
          in no way                                                                   
          relate to determinations of distances between the pixels                    
          depicted but rather operate upon the actual density data value              
          associated with each pixel per se.  Thus, the examiner’s                    
          reliance upon Itoh to teach or otherwise suggest to the                     
          artisan some kind of a distance determination between pixels                
          in any manner is misplaced.                                                 
               Similarly, at pages 3 and 4 of the answer, the examiner’s              
          responsive arguments switch to relying upon Eschbach’s                      
          teaching at column 7, lines 65 to column 8, line 10 as a basis              


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