Ex parte INOUE - Page 3




          Appeal No. 1997-2844                                                        
          Application No. 08/242,881                                                  


          to the voltage dividing circuit and when the constant current               
          is not provided to the voltage dividing circuit, so that the                
          threshold level of the comparator differs.                                  
               The prior art references of record relied upon by the                  
          examiner in rejecting the appealed claims are:                              
          Bufano, Jr. et al. (Bufano)        4,751,405           Jun. 14,             
          1988                                                                        
          Fujita                             4,926,068           May  15,             
          1990                                                                        
          Stakely et al. (Stakely)                5,122,680           Jun.            
          16, 1992                                                                    
          Thelen, Jr.                        5,231,316           Jul. 27,             
          1993                                                                        





               Claims 1, 2, 5, and 6 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.                   
           102(b) as being anticipated by Stakely.1                                  
               Claims 4 stands rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being                
          unpatentable over Stakely.                                                  






               We note that on page 2 of the Answer the examiner withdrew the1                                                                     
          rejection of claims 1 through 6 under 35 U.S.C.  112, second paragraph, as 
          being indefinite and the rejection of claim 3 under 35 U.S.C.  102(b) as   
          being anticipated by Stakely.                                               
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