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          Appeal No. 96-0209                                                          
          Application 07/922,501                                                      

                        References Relied on by the Examiner                          
          Yoshio (Yoshio `073)          0 384, 073          Aug. 29, 1990             
          (European Patent)                                                           
          Yoshio et al. (Yoshio)        5,130,966           Jul. 14, 1992             
          Otsubo et al. (Otsubo)        5,177,728           Jan.  5, 1993             
                              The Rejections on Appeal                                
               Claims 1, 4, 6, 8 and 10-15 stand finally rejected under               
          35 U.S.C.  102(b) as being anticipated by the European '073                
          reference.                                                                  
               Claim 2 stands finally rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as               
          being unpatentable over the European '073 reference and Otsubo.             
               Claims 3, 5, 7 and 9 stand finally rejected under 35 U.S.C.            
           103 as being unpatentable over the European '073 reference and            
          Yoshio.                                                                     
                                    The Invention                                     
               The invention is directed to a recorded information                    
          reproducing device for reproducing a music sound from an                    
          information recording medium on which recorded music information            
          and control information are recorded according to MIDI standards.           
          The recorded information reproducing device includes a music                
          information reproduction means for decoding the encoded music               
          information to output a reproduced music signal, and a control              
          information reproduction means for decoding the control                     


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