Ex parte MCCONNELL et al. - Page 2




          Appeal No. 95-3891                                                          
          Application 08/066,405                                                      

          pending claims, under  103 as unpatentable over prior art.  We             
          reverse.                                                                    
                    The claimed invention relates to a "universal" remote             
          control transmitter which includes a memory which has been                  
          preprogrammed by the manufacturer to store formatting data for a            
          plurality of devices in each of a plurality of different device             
          categories, such as television receivers (TVs), video cassette              
          recorders (VCRs), or cable signal decoders (CBLs).  Prior to                
          using the transmitter to control a particular TV, VCR, or cable             
          decoder, it is necessary for the operator to "set up" the                   
          transmitter by identifying which stored formatting data                     
          corresponds to that device.  In the particular embodiment                   
          depicted by the flowchart of Figures 2-5, the operator sets up              
          the transmitter for use with a particular device by first                   
          depressing the "record" key, followed by depressing whichever one           
          of the "TV," "VCR," and "CBL" keys corresponds to the type of               
          device to be controlled, and then using number keys to enter the            
          device's two-digit numerical code, which can be obtained from an            
          instruction book.  This causes the corresponding format data to             
          be identified for subsequent use by the microprocessor in                   
          generating control signals whenever the corresponding one of the            
          "TV," "VCR," and "CBL" keys is selected.                                    


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