Ex parte HORSTMANN et al. - Page 14




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


          We find that neither Okamoto nor Moyer teaches or suggests                  
          that a comparison step should be performed on the lower order               
          bits of a ripple counter before the higher order bits are                   
          updated to reflect the incrementation.  Accordingly, we will                
          not sustain the rejection of claim 17 based upon 35 U.S.C.                 
          103.                                                                        
               In view of the foregoing, we reverse the Examiner's                    
          rejection of claims 15, 16 and 17 under 35 U.S.C.  102 as                  
          being unpatentable over Miu.  Further, we reverse the                       
          rejection of claim 17 under 35 U.S.C.  103 as being                        
          unpatentable over Okamoto and Moyer.                                        
                                      REVERSED                                        







                         KENNETH W. HAIRSTON                )                         
                         Administrative Patent Judge        )                         
                                                       )                              
                                                       )                              
                                                       ) BOARD OF PATENT              
                         MICHAEL R. FLEMING            )                              
                         Administrative Patent Judge   )   APPEALS AND                
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