Ex parte BLUM et al. - Page 3




          Appeal No. 1997-0058                                                        
          Application No. 08/300,399                                                  


           103 as being unpatentable over White in view of Kusano.                   
               Claims 8, 11, and 12 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103              
          as being unpatentable over White in view of Sasaki.                         
               Reference is made to the Examiner's Answer (Paper No. 12,              
          mailed June 11, 1996) and the Supplemental Examiner's Answer                
          (Paper No. 16, mailed December 26, 1996) for the examiner's                 
          complete reasoning in support of the rejections, and to                     
          appellants' Brief (Paper No. 11, filed April 15, 1996) and                  
          Reply Brief (Paper No. 14 , filed October 15, 1996) for1/2                                                
          appellants' arguments thereagainst.                                         
                                       OPINION                                        
               We have carefully considered the claims, the applied                   
          prior art references, and the respective positions articulated              
          by appellants and the examiner.  As a consequence of our                    
          review, we will reverse the anticipation rejection of claims 1              
          and 6 and also the obviousness rejections of claims 2, 5, 8,                
          11 through 13, 16, and 17.                                                  
               Claim 1 requires "an amplifier."  The examiner asserts                 
          (Answer, page 4) that White's elements 15, 44, 40, and 41 form              
          a gain stage having a controlled slew rate.  The examiner                   
          later argues (Answer, page 8) that the amplifier is elements                
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