Ex parte LINDSTROM - Page 13

                 Appeal No. 1997-2986                                                                                                                   
                 Application No. 08/260,784                                                                                                             

                 Appellant seems to be arguing that the claim language requires                                                                         
                 that finished pieces having the same dimensions produced in                                                                            
                 accordance with two or more program routines be placed in the                                                                          
                 same location on the pallet.   We do not agree.  The language4                                                                                    
                 in question is broad enough to permit pieces of the same                                                                               
                 dimension produced in accordance with different program                                                                                
                 routines to be assigned to different locations.  Claim 1, for                                                                          
                 example, recites "utilizing said data retrieved from said                                                                              
                 program routines to compute optimal locations at at least one                                                                          
                 unloading means where finished pieces of the same dimension                                                                            
                 cut in accordance with different ones of said program routines                                                                         
                 are to be moved to so as to prevent any conflict in unloading                                                                          
                 of finished pieces during a production run" (emphasis added).                                                                          
                 The terms "optimal" and "conflict," which are not defined in                                                                           
                 the claim or the specification and thus are to be given their                                                                          
                 broadest reasonable interpretations, In re Morris, 127 F.3d                                                                            
                 1048, 1054, 44 USPQ2d 1023, 1027 (Fed. Cir. 1997), are                                                                                 
                 satisfied even if the combined teachings result in locating                                                                            
                 the plates made from two different sheets of stock (i.e., in                                                                           

                          4This relationship is, however, recited in dependent                                                                          
                 claim 23, discussed infra.                                                                                                             
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