Ex parte GRIMMETT - Page 3




          Appeal No. 96-0303                                                          
          Application 08/056,718                                                      


          means for storing the numeric version of each data item.                    




               The examiner’s Answer cites the following prior art:                   
          Rust                     0 457 077 A2                  Nov.                 
          21, 1991                                                                    
          (European Patent)                                                           



                                       OPINION                                        
               Claims 1 and 5-7 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as               
          unpatentable over Rust.                                                     
               Rust discloses a data retrieval system in which a                      
          telephone keypad button associated with three letters may be                
          pressed just once for each character in a desired name.  For                
          example, if a user wants to retrieve the phone number for Mr.               
          King, the user presses 5, then 4, then 6, then 4.  Column 6,                
          lines 41-50.  The Rust system retrieves all entries that                    
          correspond to those four numbers, i.e., the entries whose                   
          first letter is on the 5 key (J, K, or L), second letter is on              
          the 4 key (G, H, or I), third letter is on the 6 key (M, N, or              
          O), and fourth letter is on the 4 key (G, H, or I).                         

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