Ex parte ASHBY et al. - Page 3

          Appeal No. 96-0308                                                          
          Application No. 07/854,192                                                  

          reusably recording a vocal message.  According to the Examiner,             
          it would have been obvious to replace Tarlow’s recording means              
          with Kondo’s reusable recording means because Kondo teaches that            
          storing vocal messages in a random access memory (RAM) allows for           
          greater versatility.  Examiner’s Answer at 3.  This is the same             
          means (a RAM) disclosed in Appellants’ specification.                       
               Appellants contend that the substitution would not have been           
          obvious because it would destroy the intent and purpose of                  
          Tarlow.  Appeal Brief at 13.                                                
               We agree with the examiner.                                            
               Tarlow discloses a voice recording and playback module                 
          system in which a user goes to a recording center and records a             
          message on a playback module for insertion into a product.  The             
          recording center may be a booth in a store, for example.  Page 2,           
          lines 17-30; page 6, lines 1-7.  Tarlow’s system operates as                
               First, a user temporarily records a message in a RAM at                
          Tarlow’s recording center.  Second, the user plays back the                 
          message from the RAM.  Third, if the user wishes to change the              
          message, the user re-records until satisfied with the message.              
          Page 2, line 30 through page 3, line 10; page 4, lines 3-12; and            
          page 7, lines 13-23.                                                        


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