Ex parte TEXTER et al. - Page 7




            Appeal No. 1996-3955                                                                              
            Application 08/170,601                                                                            


            of resolving patentability issues to avoid piecemeal appellate                                    
            review.  In the interest of administrative and judicial                                           
            economy, this course is appropriate wherever reasonably                                           
            possible.  See Ex parte Saceman, 27 USPQ2d 1472, 1474 (Bd.                                        
            Pat. App. & Int. 1993); Ex parte Ionescu, 222 USPQ 537, 540                                       
            (Bd. App. 1984).                                                                                  
                   In the present case, we consider such a reasonable,                                        
            conditional interpretation to be possible.  This                                                  
            interpretation is that “balanced according to a diffusion-                                        
            transfer-controlled convoluted eye-response” means that the                                       
            cyan, magenta and yellow heat diffusible dye-forming couplers                                     
            are balanced in any manner which provides the neutral image                                       
            required by the preamble of claim 1.                                                              
                                  Rejection under 35 U.S.C.  103                                             
                   Appellants argue that the alkali insolubility and heat                                     
            transferability of appellants’ diffusible-dye-forming couplers                                    
            set them apart from the couplers of Cole, Hara, Peters and                                        
            Schenk                                                                                            





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