Ex parte TAKEMOTO et al. - Page 5

          Appeal No. 1997-1335                                                        
          Application No. 08/201,023                                                  

          which is left not coated by the water-repellent material                    
          (brief-page 7).  However, Appellants argue, all of Fujimura’s               
          examples far exceed the 140% relationship claimed by                        
          Appellants.  We are unconvinced that Fujimura’s examples limit              
          the extent to which the uncoated area may exceed the size of                
          the nozzle opening.  This is especially so since Fujimura                   
          states that the size can be set to form any desired meniscus                

                    Fujimura recognizes that nozzle plate geometries may              
          differ dependent upon the particular environment in which they              
          are used.  Nozzle plates may be subjected to thermal energy in              
          conjunction with an electrostatic field either simultaneously               
          or in a timed relationship (column 5, lines 57-68).  The                    
          electric (thermal) energy may be pulsed in a variety of ways                
          to change the ink’s physical properties, such as viscosity,                 
          surface tension, electrical conductivity and the like (column               
          5, lines 48-50).  Example 3-1, with a slit size of 100 Fm,                  
          produced an ink dot of 150 Fm with a printing time of 0.4 msec              
          (column 9, lines 9,10, 33 and 34); while example 3-2, with a                


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