Ex parte MONTI et al. - Page 9

              Appeal No. 95-3917                                                                                                                          
              Application 07/861,144                                                                                                                      

              or that trimming be performed at the time of manufacture, or that the value obtained by trimming be                                         

              unchanged while the circuit is in operation.  Any of these limitations could have been added to the claims                                  

              by amendment.  As the examiner points out (Examiner's Answer, page 9), the values set in appellants'                                        

              network are not necessarily permanent.  We do not doubt that some kinds of trimming involve permanent                                       

              setting at the time of manufacture as stated in McKenny's declaration.  However, neither McKenny nor                                        

              appellants has shown that the examiner's interpretation of "trimming" is inconsistent with the broad                                        

              dictionary definition.  "Absent an express definition in their specification, the fact that appellants can point                            

              to definitions or usages that conform to their interpretation does not make the PTO's definition unreasonable                               

              when the PTO can point to other sources that support their interpretation."  In re Morris, No. 96-1425                                      

              (August 18, 1997), slip op. at 10.  In addition, the claim language ("An integrated circuit having a trimmable                              

              passive circuit component adjustable to achieve a precise target value . . . ." in claims 1 and 8, and "A                                   

              method for trimming a passive component in an integrated circuit, to achieve a precise target value . . . ."                                

              in claim 20), suggests that the "trimmable" or "trimming" limitation is met if the limitations in the body of the                           

              claim are met, which they are.  For these reasons, we sustain the rejection of claims 1-4, 6, 8, 11-12, 14,                                 

              17-18, and 20-21.                                                                                                                           

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