Ex parte SHRINKLE et al. - Page 3




          Appeal No. 1997-1174                                                        
          Application 08/353,681                                                      


               a converting means for converting said analog signal into              
          a digital signal where said digital signal is comprised of a                
          series of digital samples;                                                  
               processing means for processing each of said digital                   
          samples into a compensated sample where the resulting series                
          of compensated samples form said compensated signal, said                   
          compensated signal being a digitized representation of said                 
          analog signal compensated for baseline shift and asymmetry                  
          where said compensated signal has digitized positive peaks and              
          digitized negative peaks of a defined absolute digital value,               
          said processing means includes:                                             
                    a baseline correction means responsive to a digital               
               sample from said converting means for generating a                     
          digital baseline corrected sample from said digital sample;                 
          and                                                                         
                    an asymmetry correction means responsive to the                   
                    baseline corrected sample from said baseline                      
          correction     means for generating the digital compensated                 
          signal having       positive and negative peaks of a defined                
          absolute amplitude       and no baseline shift.                             

               The Examiner relies on the following references:                       
          Cardero et al. (Cardero)           5,101,395           Mar. 31,             
          1992                                                                        
          Fennema                       5,220,546           Jun. 15, 1993             
          Christner et al. (Christner)  5,412,518           May   2, 1995             
          (filed Dec. 16,                                                             
          1993)                                                                       
               Claims 12 through 21 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103              
          as being unpatentable over Christner in view of Fennema,                    
          further in view of Cardero.                                                 


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