Ex parte LAWTON et al. - Page 2




                    Appeal No. 95-3031                                                                                                                                     
                    Application 08/057,206                                                                                                                                 


                              5.  A method for processing a form to convert it from an electronic image of a form into a                                                   
                    valid coded text string that automatically initiates data processing procedures, comprising the                                                        
                    steps of:                                                                                                                                              
                              capturing an image of the form received from a particular user;                                                                              
                              extracting a plurality of character and field data candidate strings from said image; and                                                    
                              validating said character and field data candidate strings using a user profile associated                                                   
                    with said particular user to produce the valid coded text string in a computer-readable format.                                                        
                              The references relied upon by the examiner as evidence of obviousness are:                                                                   
                    Nakano et al. (Nakano)                                                4,907,285                               Mar. 06, 1990                            
                    Rosenbaum et al. (Rosenbaum)                                          5,031,223                               Jul.   09, 1991                          
                    Pasetes, Jr. et al. (Pasetes)                                         5,202,977                               Apr. 13, 1993                            
                    Ojha                                                                  5,274,468                               Dec. 28, 1993                            
                              The appealed claims stand rejected as follows:                                                                                               
                              Claims 5, 7, 8, 11, 13 and 21-31 are rejected under 35 U.S.C.  102(e) as being                                                              
                    anticipated by Ojha.                                                                                                                                   
                              Claims 1-4 and 14-20 are rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as unpatentable over Ojha in                                                         
                    view of Nakano.                                                                                                                                        
                              Claims 6, 9, 10 and 12 are rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being unpatentable over                                                         
                    Ojha in view of Pasetes.                                                                                                                               
                              Claim 14 is rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being unpatentable over Rosenbaum in view                                                      
                    of Nakano.                                                                                                                                             




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