Ex parte SAKAMOTO - Page 8




          Appeal No. 1997-1369                                                        
          Application No. 08/224,588                                                  




          174 F.3d 1308, 1319, 50 USPQ2d 1161, 1167 (Fed. Cir. 1999)                  
          (when                                                                       
          a claim does not further define its means-plus-function                     
          element with structural limitations sufficient to carry out                 
          the recited function, the means-plus-function element is                    
          interpreted as the corresponding structure in the                           
          specification or the equivalents thereof consistent with 35                 
          U.S.C.  112, paragraph 6); In re Donaldson, 16 F.3d 1189,                  
          1193, 29 USPQ2d 1845, 1848 (Fed. Cir. 1994) (en banc) (when                 
          the terms in the claims are written in a “means-plus-function”              
          format, they are interpreted as the corresponding structure                 
          described in the specification or the equivalents thereof).                 
          Accordingly, we reverse each of the foregoing  103                         
          rejections.                                                                 
               In view of the foregoing, the decision of the examiner is              
          reversed.                                                                   
               No time period for taking any subsequent action in                     
          connection with this appeal may be extended under 37 CFR                    
           1.136(a).                                                                 


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