Ex parte GRIMMETT - Page 4

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

               The examiner states that Rust’s stored names are                       
          inherently converted to and stored in numeric format as                     
          required by the claims on appeal.  Appellant disagrees.  We                 
          agree with Appellant.                                                       
               The claims require a memory means that stores data items               
          in encoded (alphanumeric) form, means for converting each of                
          those alphanumeric data items into numeric characters, and                  
          means for storing the numeric version of each data item.                    
               Rust does not say how the database is arranged in memory.              
          Rust must have a memory means for storing data items in                     
          alphanumeric form, and some means of correlating letters with               
          numbers.  That does not mean that Rust inherently converts and              
          stores each and every alphanumeric item into a numeric version              
          as recited.  One skilled in the art would assume that Rust                  
          does not convert and store all the data items in numeric form.              

               The examiner is incorrect to assume that Rust inherently               
          must convert each alphanumeric database item into numeric                   
          format for storage.  Rust could instead convert each numeric                
          search term into the possible alphabetic forms and search for               


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