Ex parte CHEN et al. - Page 14

          Appeal No. 1997-2898                                                        
          Application 08/368,239                                                      

               Claims 4, 6, 12 and 14 recite two, three-dimensional                   
          drawings and not objects.  Specifically, claims 4 and 12                    
          recite defining a plane from a second three-dimensional                     
          drawing.  Claims 6 and 14 recite joining two, three-                        
          dimensional drawings.                                                       
               Himelstein does not disclose adjusting the distance                    
          between a second three-dimensional drawings' variable plane                 
          and another three-dimensional drawings' plane.  Himelstein                  
          does not provide any indication that there would be                         
          adjustments made to one three-dimensional drawing that have a               
          direct relationship to adjustments made to another three-                   
          dimensional drawing.  The graphic drawings and graphic spaces               
          in Himelstein are independent.  Fuller does not teach a                     
          correction to this deficiency.  We find that Himelstein fails               
          to teach the claimed limitations of "means for defining a                   
          plane from a second three-dimensional drawing as the variable               
          plane" and "means for joining two, three-dimensional                        
          drawings," and that Fuller fails to correct those                           
          deficiencies.  Thus, the references do not read on the                      
          limitations of claims 4, 6, 12 and 14.                                      


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