Ex parte THOMAS J. GREENBOWE et al. - Page 10

          Appeal No. 96-2865                                                          
          Application No. 08/081,561                                                  

          of the objects pictured on the display means into an operating              
          pictorial representation of an operating experimental                       
          configuration, the experimental configuration being characterized           
          by a relationship among a plurality of experimental parameters”             
          and “enabling the student to simulate the performance of an                 
          experiment using the pictorial representation of the experimental           
          configuration . . . .”  To a certain degree, the examiner is                
          correct in observing (see pages 9 and 13 in the answer) that                
          Smith broadly relates to the general concept underlying the                 
          claimed invention, i.e., the use of an interactive multimedia               
          system to expose students to scientific principles and concepts.            
          Nonetheless, the apparatus and method actually disclosed by Smith           
          do not meet the foregoing specific limitations in claims 1 and              
               Accordingly, we shall not sustain the standing 35 U.S.C.               
           102(b) rejection of claims 1 and 17, or of claims 2 through 16,           
          18 through 31 and 33 through 41 which depend therefrom, as being            
          anticipated by Smith.                                                       
               In summary, the decision of the examiner:                              
               a) to reject claims 1 through 41 under 35 U.S.C.  112,                
          first paragraph, is reversed;                                               
               b) to reject claims 1 through 41 under 35 U.S.C.  112,                


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