Ex parte ANDERSON - Page 4




          Appeal No. 96-2372                                                          
          Application 08/278,676                                                      



                    means for displaying the options on the viewscreen in a           
          non-closed, curved band, which band is curved such that normals             
          to the curvature of the band lie in the surface of the display,             
          the options being displayed in regions of said band, and                    
                    the corresponding areas are positioned in a                       
          corresponding band which is curved similarly to the curved band             
          on the viewscreen                                                           
                    whereby the corresponding area can be traced easily               
          without lifting the wrist and the curved band suggests to the               
          user such a motion.                                                         
                                                                                     
                    The prior art references of record relied upon by the             
          examiner in rejecting the appealed claims are:                              
          Day Jr. et al. (Day)           4,763,356           Aug. 9, 1988             
          Callahan et al. (Callahan), An Empirical Comparison of Pie vs.              
          Linear Menus, September 1987, pp. 1-14.                                     


                    Claims 1 through 3, 9 through 11 and 15 through 26                
          stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being unpatentable over             
          Callahan.                                                                   


                    Claims 5 through 8 and 12 through 14 stand rejected               
          under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being unpatentable over Callahan in view           
          of Day.                                                                     




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