Ex parte MAURINUS et al. - Page 8

          Appeal No. 1998-0660                                                        
          Application No. 08/584,501                                                  

               Another missing element argued is “recording customer                  
          identification with the digital image.”  The Examiner                       
               [T]he image source device in the Gordon et al.                         
               system clearly must record customer PINs in order to                   
               correctly recognize valid and invalid supplied PINs.                   
               [Answer-page 8.]                                                       
               We do not agree.  The PIN supplied at the receiving end                
          of Gordon need not be transmitted with the image document.                  
          The receiving FAX machine may be programmed to recognize the                
          recipient’s PIN for any secured document received.  Since the               
          Examiner has not indicated where Gordon discloses sending the               
          PIN with the image document, it is not at all “clear” as                    
          alleged by the Examiner.                                                    
               Another missing element argued is “a display device                    
          responsive to actuation of the customer identification                      
          device.” Although it is understood that APA provides a display              
          device, the Examiner has not shown how the art teaches or                   
          would have suggested the display being responsive to a                      
          customer identification device.  The only identification                    
          alleged by the Examiner is with regard to the recipient of a                
          secured FAX via a PIN.                                                      


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