Ex parte STEIN et al. - Page 8

          Appeal No. 1997-2989                                                        
          Application No. 08/280,343                                                  

          and 136 the host can activate either one (col. 7, lines 7 to                
          16).  There is no provision in Lewis of displaying each of the              
          pending requests for attention of the host.                                 
               The same, or a corresponding, limitation appears in the                
          other claims of this group.  Therefore, we do not sustain the               
          anticipation rejection of claims 1, 9, 10 and 15 and their                  
          dependent claims 2 to 8, 12 to 14 and 17 to 19 over Lewis.                  
               Claims 4, 14, 19 and 21                                                
               We take claim 21 of this group since it does not contain               
          the limitation discussed above.  However, claim 21 recites the              
          means for "determining whether a communication is occurring                 
          from the master workstation to one of said other                            
          workstations", "determining whether said other workstation has              
          a request pending at the master workstation" and "removing                  
          said pending request from the workstation."  We agree with                  
          Appellants [brief, pages 8 to 9 and reply brief, pages 3 to 4]              
          that this concept is missing                                                
          from Lewis.  In Lewis, there is no provision for the host to                
          communicate with a remote station that has not sent a call to               
          the host.  Also missing in Lewis is any provision for checking              
          to see if such remote station has a pending call in the queue               

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