Ex parte SHIOIRI - Page 2




          Appeal No. 1998-0745                                                        
          Application 08/216,842                                                      


          means for substantially simultaneously displaying said two                  
          comparison images;                                                          
          means for setting at least one reference point in one of the                
          images;                                                                     

          means for setting a correlation detection area related to                   
          said at least one reference point in the other image;                       
          means for obtaining and calculating a degree of correlation                 
          between image information of said at least one reference point and          
          image information of each point in said detection area;                     
          means for displaying a plurality of numerical values                        
          representing the degree of correlation in a rectangular                     
          correlation table, the plurality of said numerical values being             
          arranged in a one-to-one correspondence with respect to each point          
          in the detection area;                                                      
          image movement means for relatively moving said two                         
          comparison images so that the image information of said at least            
          one reference point coincides with image information of a                   
          corresponding point represented by a maximum numerical value in             
          said correlation table, said means for obtaining and calculating a          
          degree of correlation and said image movement means being operable          
          alternately and repeatedly; and                                             
          decision means for deciding a coincidence between the image                 
          information of said reference point and the image information of            
          the corresponding point.                                                    
          The references relied upon by the examiner as evidence of                   
          obviousness are:                                                            
          Mayer et al. (Mayer)             4,404,590            Sep. 13,              
          1983                                                                        
          Verdooner et al. (Verdooner)     5,220,360            Jun. 15,              
          1993                                                                        
          Claims 8-10 and 12 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as                  
          being unpatentable over Verdooner.                                          
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