Ex parte NEUHAUS - Page 6

          Appeal No. 95-3411                                                          
          Application 08/040,960                                                      

               subject matter are distinct.  In re Merat, 519 F.2d                    
               1390, 1396, 186 USPQ 471, 476 (CCPA 1975).                             
          The purpose of the statutory section is to provide reasonable               
          notice as to the boundaries of the patent protection involved.              
          In re Hammack, 427 F.2d 1378, 1382, 166 USPQ 204, 208                       
          (CCPA 1970).  Only a reasonable degree of certainty is required.            
          In re Johnson, 558 F.2d 1008, 1016, 194 USPQ 187, 194 (CCPA                 
               The examiner stated (answer at 3):  "In claims 4 and 7, the            
          use of 'being accessible' is vague and indefinite since it does             
          not positively point out the operation of the system."  However,            
          the issue raised by the examiner does not concern indefiniteness.           
          We see nothing vague or indefinite about the term "being                    
          accessible."  It may be broad in that it covers any manner of               
          giving access or being accessed, but it is not indefinite.                  
          Breadth does not equal indefiniteness.                                      
               Additionally, the examiner stated (answer at 3-4):  "[I]t is           
          not clear what means provides the recited branching through                 
          multiple paths of information."  The "branching" referred to by             
          the examiner is evidently that recited in a whereby clause in the           
          preamble of both independent claims 4 and 7.  The whereby clause            
          evidently provides a summary or general overview of the combined            


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