Ex parte SAYAH et al. - Page 2




          Appeal No. 96-0067                                                          
          Application 08/075,241                                                      

               (Lazansky)                                                             

                              The Rejections on Appeal                                
               Claims 1-5, 9, and 10 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103             
          as being unpatentable over Liang.                                           
               Claims 6-8 and 11-14 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as           
          being unpatentable over Liang and Lazansky.                                 
                                    The Invention                                     
               The invention is directed to an information model comprising           
          a first data structure containing at its nodes hierarchically               
          partitioned descriptions of data attributes, and a second data              
          structure containing at its nodes representations and                       
          specifications of each hierarchical partition in the first data             
          structure.  Each node of the first data structure maps to a node            
          of the second data structure, and each node of the second data              
          structure maps to at least one node at a single hierarchical                
          level of the first data structure.  There is also an interface              
          which encapsulates the first and second data structures from                
          inquiring application programs.                                             
               Representative claim 1 is reproduced below:                            
                    1. An information model comprising                                
                    a first data structure containing, at respective                  
               nodes, descriptions of physical or abstracted physical                 
               attributes of a spatially partitioned physical                         

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