Ex parte GRIMMETT - Page 5

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

          all of those forms in an alphabetical database.  That is                    
          apparently what Rust does.  Column 11, lines 6-53.                          
               Rust wishes to permit searching by entering either                     
          numbers or letters.  Numbers are entered on a phone keypad but              
          letters are entered on a keypad reserved for alphabetic entry               
          (such as a “QWERTY” keyboard).  Column 11, lines 56 through                 
          column 12, line 3; and column 12, lines 53-55.  A numeric                   
          database could not be searched for an alphabetic search term                
          as Rust alternately desires to do.  Thus, Rust suggests                     
          searching in an alphabetic database, not in a numeric                       
               Moreover, Rust permits users to scroll through the last                
          names that begin with J through K on the one hand or L through              
          O on the other.  Column 7, lines 37-41.  But K and L are on                 
          the same telephone button (the 5 button).  This further                     
          suggests that the searched database is stored in alphabetic                 
          form, not in numeric form.                                                  
          The rejection of Claims 1 and 5-7 is reversed.                              


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