Ex parte ASHBY et al. - Page 4

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

               Fourth, once satisfied with the message the user in Tarlow’s           
          recording center pushes a “transfer” button.  Fifth, upon                   
          receiving the transfer command the recording center transfers the           
          message from its RAM by permanently “burning” the message into an           
          electronically programmable read only memory (EPROM) contained in           
          a removable playback module.  Sixth, the user inserts the                   
          playback module into a compartment within a greeting card or                
          other product.  Page 3, line 8 through page 4, line 2; page 4,              
          lines 13-19; and page 7, line 24 through page 8, line 27.                   
               Thus, Tarlow repetitively records a message in a recording             
          center’s RAM and then permanently transfers a recorded message              
          from the RAM to a playback module’s EPROM.  The playback module             
          constitutes the recited “label adapted for being releasibly                 
          secured to a product.”  Tarlow’s recording center is a means for            
          repetitively and reusably recording a vocal message in a RAM and            
          for reusably recording the message into the playback module’s               
               Tarlow’s recording center does not repetitively and reusably           
          record a message into the playback module/label (Claim 1) and               
          does not sequentially and reusably store a signal in RAM                    
          contained in the label (Claim 15).  Rather, Tarlow intends the              
          playback module’s EPROM to store a message permanently.  Page 2,            


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