Ex parte TAKEBAYASHI et al. - Page 3

               Appeal No. 1997-4121                                                                                                    
               Application No. 08/427,272                                                                                              

               similarity values obtained by the recognizing means using the signal patterns for learning; and                         
                               means for obtaining new reference patterns from the feature vectors for learning                        
                       extracted by the extracting means and storing the obtained new reference patterns in the                        
                       recognition dictionary means.                                                                                   

                       The examiner relies on the following references:                                                                

               Takebayashi et al (Takebayashi)                 4,783,802               November 8, 1988                                
               Bahler                                          4,481,593               November 6, 1984                                

                       Claims 1 through 15 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C. 103 as unpatentable over Takebayashi in                      

               view of Bahler.                                                                                                         

                       Reference is made to the brief and answer for the respective details of the positions of appellants             

               and the examiner.                                                                                                       


                       We reverse.                                                                                                     

                       Each of the independent claims 1, 6 and 11 contains limitations requiring, inter alia, that the time            

               series signals are recognized according to “a word spotting scheme” and that the means for learning new                 

               reference patterns to be stored in the recognition dictionary means includes a “means for extracting feature            

               vectors for learning from the recognition results...”[emphasis ours].  Thus, every claim requires a                     

               combination of using word spotting, which uses a continuous pattern matching, as the recognizing scheme,                

               and a learning scheme which employs the results from the recognition unit (note the connection between                  


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