Ex parte TAHARA - Page 9

          Appeal No. 96-0553                                                          
          Application 08/020,993                                                      

          coding in Tanaka occurs in a step-wise block-by-block basis                 
          continuously, the corresponding remaining data of a given frame             
          of memory to be transmitted that has not yet been transmitted               
          also must correspond to the corresponding block of data of a                
          frame that is currently being processed.  Even if the data value            
          within code memory portion 74 represents a total value of the               
          remaining data to be transmitted, as is apparent from appellant’s           
          argument, such a broadly claimed correlation as set forth in the            
          initially reproduced clause of claim 7 is still met by that                 
               The variance data of the respective embodiments in Figures             
          3 through 6 of Tanaka relate only to incoming or currently                  
          processed video signals on a block-by-block basis.  As to appel-            
          lant’s reply brief, the language apparently chosen by the                   
          examiner in the responsive arguments portion in the answer                  
          utilizes the terminology relating to “the first quantization                
          step of the previously coded block”, which we interpret to relate           
          to the first quantization step-size calculating portion data                
          signal.  It is clear to us that the examiner considers the                  
          “previously coded block” as the information in the code memory              
          123 in Figure 3, data to be transmitted.                                    


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