Ex parte PODWALNY et al. - Page 2

          Appeal No. 95-3338                                                           
          Application 07/994,035                                                       

                    This is a decision on appeal from the final rejection              
          of claims 1 through 3, 8, 9, 11 through 13, 15 through 18 and 20.            
          Claims 4 through 7 have been withdrawn as being directed to a                
          nonelected invention.  Claims 10, 14 and 19 have been cancelled.             
                    The invention is directed to facilitating user                     
          interaction with portable computers and, more particularly, to a             
          cover for the housing of such computers wherein the cover has a              
          window therein permitting a portion of the computer screen to be             
          viewed without first opening the cover.  It is said that the                 
          invention has particular utility with scheduling and E-mail                  
          software so that when an alarm is sounded indicating an                      
          appointment or that E-mail has been received, the user can view a            
          message through the window and possibly interact through the                 
          window, e.g., through the use of a stylus, without the need to               
          open the cover on the portable computer housing.                             
                    Representative independent claim 1 is reproduced as                

                    1.   A computer comprising:                                        
                    a housing;                                                         
                    an input/output screen mounted in the housing; and                 
                    a cover movable between first and second positions and             
          secured in each position to the housing, in the first position               
          the cover being arranged to overlie and protect the input/output             


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