Ex parte ASHTON et al. - Page 10

          Appeal No. 1997-0809                                                        
          Application 08/033,599                                                      

               Appellants have not shown any error in the Examiner's                  
          finding of anticipation.  The anticipation rejection of                     
          claim 12 is sustained.                                                      

               Claim 13                                                               
               Appellants argue that Jolissaint does not disclose the                 
          claimed "means for generating a network management major                    
          vector of status and configuration data specifying the                      
          configuration and status of each virtual circuit segment                    
          terminating at said each node" or the claimed "means,                       
          responsive to inconsistencies originated at said adjacent                   
          ones of said nodes, for reporting said inconsistencies to                   
          said centrally located means for collecting data."                          
          Appellants do not explain why Jolissaint does not meet these                
               The Examiner responds that Jolissaint teaches that each                
          node generates reports (col. 5, line 6 to col. 6, line 16)                  
          and that the node also reports errors (col. 7, lines 31-36).                
               Jolissaint discloses that connectivity reports are sent                
          via packets to the network manager 30.  Such connectivity                   
          reports can broadly be considered to specify the                            
          configuration and the initialization status of the logical                  
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