Ex parte LINDSTROM - Page 14

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

                 accordance with two different program routines) in two                                                                                 
                 different areas of the pallet.  Stacking identical plates made                                                                         
                 from a sheet of stock in a single location is "optimal" in the                                                                         
                 sense that it requires less space to accommodate the plates                                                                            
                 made from a sheet of stock than if stacking were not allowed.                                                                          
                 Storing plates of only one size at  each location also avoids                                                                          
                 any conflict about which size plate is to be stored at that                                                                            
                 location.  The corresponding limitation in claim 12 is                                                                                 
                 satisfied in the same way.  Claim 21's recitation of                                                                                   
                 "partition[ing] the surface area of said unloading means into                                                                          
                 different locations each having a dimension corresponding to                                                                           
                 one of said dimensioned groups" is satisfied in the same way,                                                                          
                 because it does not require one-to-one correspondence, i.e.,                                                                           
                 it does not preclude (a) two dimensioned groups from including                                                                         
                 pieces having the same dimension or, alternatively, (b) two                                                                            
                 locations from corresponding to the same dimensioned group.                                               5                            
                          For the foregoing reasons, the "utilizing" limitations in                                                                     
                 claims 1, 12, and 21 are satisfied by Levine and Taijonlahti                                                                           

                          5Appellant's Figure 13B (steps 150, 152) discloses using                                                                      
                 an additional location when the first location for a piece of                                                                          
                 a given dimension becomes full.                                                                                                        
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