Ex parte JEZEQUEL et al. - Page 2




                 Appeal No. 1997-1663                                                                                     Page 2                        
                 Application No. 08/448,053                                                                                                             


                 can be derived from a reading of exemplary claim 1 , which is                             1                                            
                 reproduced below.                                                                                                                      


                          1.       A method of producing thin silver halide grains                                                                      
                 comprising:                                                                                                                            
                          providing a mixer having including an inlet surface and                                                                       
                 an outlet surface and at least one flow channel extending from                                                                         
                 the inlet surface to the outlet surface;                                                                                               
                          rotating the mixer;                                                                                                           
                          introducing a silver nitrate solution at the inlet                                                                            
                 surface of the mixer; and                                                                                                              
                          introducing a halide salt solution at the inlet surface                                                                       
                 of the mixer within 30 mm of the introduction of the silver                                                                            
                 nitrate solution wherein silver halide grains having a maximum                                                                         
                 thickness of 0.145 Ám are produced.                                                                                                    

                          The prior art references of record relied upon by the                                                                         
                 examiner in rejecting the appealed claims are:                                                                                         
                 Frame et al. (Frame)                                  3,415,650                                    Dec. 10,                            
                 1968                                                                                                                                   
                 Mumaw                                                 4,539,290                                    Sep.  3,                            
                 1985                                                                                                                                   
                 Saito                                                 5,096,690                                    Mar. 17,                            
                 1992                                                                                                                                   
                 Saitou                                                5,424,180                                    Jun. 13,                            
                 1995                                                                                                                                   


                          1We note that "including" (claim 1, line 3) is                                                                                
                 superfluous.                                                                                                                           







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