Ex parte FILEPP et al. - Page 2




          Appeal No. 1997-0782                                                        
          Application 08/158,029                                                      


               Appellants have appealed to the Board from the examiner's              
          final rejection of claims 1 through 15, which constitute all                
          the claims in the application.                                              


               Representative claim 1 is reproduced below:                            
               1.  A method of searching for and retrieving records                   
          included in a database provided in a computer network, the                  
          network having a plurality of reception systems at which                    
          respective users can request and retrieve respective records,               
          the method comprising the steps of:                                         
               a.  providing record locators indexed to record                        
          identifiers for the respective database records;                            
               b.  arranging multiple locators and respective indexed                 
          identifiers in plurality of groups, the groups respectively                 
          establishing predetermined subset searches of the database                  
          records;                                                                    
               c.  assigning code designations to the respective locator              
          groups;                                                                     
               d.  generating a locator group code designation in                     
          response to a request for a record so that a group of record                
          locators may be provided at the reception system and so that a              
          locator may be selected which enables identification and                    
          retrieval of the record.                                                    

               The following reference is relied upon by the examiner:                
          Cichelli et al. (Cichelli)    4,429,385           Jan. 31, 1984             
               Claims 1 through 15 stand rejected under the second                    
          paragraph of 35 U.S.C.  112 as being indefinite.  Claims                   
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