Ex parte HORSTMANN et al. - Page 3




          Appeal No. 1997-3241                                                        
          Application 08/442,726                                                      


          broadcast value on a reference bus when said ripple counter is              
          still incrementing due to said clocking.                                    
               The Examiner relies upon the following references:                     
          Moyer                         4,002,926                Jan. 11,             
          1977                                                                        
          Miu et al. (Miu)              4,783,735                Nov.  8,             
          1988                                                                        
          Okamoto et al. (Okamoto)      4,910,668                Mar. 20,             
          1990                                                                        



               The following rejections are appealed.                                 
               Claims 15, 16 and 17 are rejected under 35 U.S.C.  102                
          as being anticipated by Miu.                                                
               Claim 17 is rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being                    
          unpatentable over Okamoto and Moyer.                                        
               Rather than reiterate the arguments of Appellants and the              
          Examiner, reference is made to the brief and the answer for                 
          the respective details thereof.                                             
                                       Opinion                                        
               We will not sustain the rejection of claims 15, 16, and                
          17 under 35 U.S.C.  102, nor will we sustain the rejection of              
          claim 17 under 35 U.S.C.  103.                                             



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