Ex parte SHIOIRI - Page 3




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


          Claims 13 and 14 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as                    
          unpatentable over Verdooner in view of Mayer.                               
          The respective positions of the examiner and the appellant                  
          with regard to the propriety of these rejections are set forth in           
          the final rejection (Paper No. 12) and the examiner’s answer and            


          supplemental answer (Paper Nos. 19 and 22) and the appellant’s              
          brief and reply brief (Paper No. 18 and 20).                                
          Opinion                                                                     
          After consideration of the positions and arguments presented                
          by both the examiner and the appellant, we have concluded that the          
          rejections should not be sustained.                                         
          With respect to sole independent claim 8, the examiner                      
          acknowledges in the answer that Verdooner does not teach that               
          images are aligned based on the maximum numerical value in a                
          correlation table.  The observation is made that images are                 
          aligned according to matching landmarks (reference points) and the          
          conclusion is made                                                          
          that it would have been obvious to one of ordinary skill in the             
          art to align the images according to the points of greatest                 



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