Ex parte DORAN et al. - Page 2

                 Appeal No. 1997-0014                                                                                                                   
                 Application No. 08/192,937                                                                                                             

                 After Final (paper number 22), claims 3, 5 , 7, 8, 25 through              1                                                           
                 29, 42, 44 and 46 were amended.  Accordingly, claims 3, 5, 7,                                                                          
                 8, 25 through 29, 42, 44 and 46 remain before us on appeal.                                                                            
                          The disclosed invention relates to a method and system                                                                        
                 for compressing non-transposed image data derived from a                                                                               
                 scanned document.                                                                                                                      
                          Claim 3 is illustrative of the claimed invention, and it                                                                      
                 reads as follows:                                                                                                                      
                          3.  A method of processing non-transposed image data                                                                          
                 derived from scanning a document using a document scanner,                                                                             
                 with the image data presented in the form of successive non-                                                                           
                 transposed scan lines of pixels, with said scan lines of                                                                               
                 pixels including a first non-transposed scan line of pixels                                                                            
                 and a last non-transposed scan line of pixels to be processed                                                                          
                 from scanning said document, said method comprising the steps                                                                          
                          (a) splitting each non-transposed scan line of pixels                                                                         
                 into a plurality of processing channels, with a predetermined                                                                          
                 number of pixels being located within each of said processing                                                                          
                 channels, and with each of said processing channels having                                                                             
                 overlap pixels assigned thereto at the time of said splitting,                                                                         
                 with said overlap pixels being located between extremities of                                                                          
                 said processing channels; and                                                                                                          
                          (b) initiating thresholding of the pixels in said                                                                             
                 processing channels in parallel after a predetermined number                                                                           
                 of successive non-transposed scan lines of pixels has been                                                                             
                 generated but before the entire document has been scanned                                                                              
                 using the document scanner, with said thresholding using said                                                                          

                          1Claim 5 improperly depends from canceled claim 4.                                                                            

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