Ex parte KATO et al. - Page 11

          Appeal No. 96-0950                                                          
          Application No. 07/727,932                                                  

          a plurality of processors are ready to receive and output a                 
          resultant signal to the plurality of transmitters.  There is no             
          need in the cited art to postpone transmission until multiple               
          processors are ready to receive.  There is no need in the cited             
          art for each processor to receive a signal indicating that all              
          processors are ready.                                                       
               When viewed as a whole, the cited prior art did not suggest            
          a data scattering system having (1) the recited reception control           
          means and (2) the recited AND means.  Therefore, we do not                  
          sustain the rejection of Claims 7 and 9 under 35 U.S.C.                     
           103 as unpatentable over Quinquis and Katzman.                            
          Claims 10 and 14                                                            
               Claims 10 and 14 recite a data gathering/scattering system             
          that is switchable between a data gathering system and a data               
          scattering system.  The system includes (1) switching means in              
          each processor to allow one processor to be switched into a data            
          gatherer or scatterer and the other processors to be switched               
          into transmitters or receivers and (2) AND means.                           
               1.   Switching Means                                                   
               The examiner found that switching between data transmission            
          and data reception was well known in the art and that Quinquis              
          disclosed the individual processor being able to transmit and               


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