Ex parte PASCOE - Page 2




          Appeal No. 97-1355                                                          
          Application 08/072,826                                                      

          Tom Petaccia, "Disk Top 4.0 CE Software's indispensable Finder-DA           
          reaches new heights," MacUser, Volume 6, No. 6, pages 76-79,                
          June 1990.                                                                  
                              The Rejections on Appeal                                
               Claims 1, 3, 6-8, 10, 13 and 14 stand finally rejected under           
          35 U.S.C.  103 as being unpatentable over Petaccia and Torres.             
          The appellant has stated that claims 1, 3, 6-8, 10, 13 and 14               
          stand or fall together.                                                     
                                    The Invention                                     
               Representative claim 1 is reproduced below:                            
                    1. A user initiated method of increasing available                
               storage space on a computer system by deletion of data                 
               from containers which contain a plurality of documents,                
               comprising the steps of:                                               
                    selecting a scrubber container displayed on the                   
               computer system, said scrubber container having                        
               predefined user designated criteria for deletion;                      
                    dropping said scrubber container onto at least one                
               other user selected container displayed on the computer                
               system, said at least one other container having stored                
               therein a plurality of documents;                                      
                    automatically searching each of said documents in                 
               said at least one other user selected container using                  
               said predefined user designated criteria; and                          
                    automatically deleting any of said documents                      
               matching said predefined user designated criteria.                     

                                       Opinion                                        
               In our view, the combined teachings of Petaccia and Torres             
          would not have reasonably suggested the appellant's claimed                 

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