Ex parte LAVALLEE - Page 2

                 Appeal No. 1998-1337                                                                                                                   
                 Application 08/351,102                                                                                                                 

                                   The invention relates to an apparatus and method for                                                                 
                 optimally compressing image data containing pictorial and text                                                                         

                                   Independent claim 1  is reproduced as follows:1                                                                                  
                                   1.  An image compression apparatus comprising:                                                                       
                                   means for generating a first set of control signals                                                                  
                 indicating whether image data contains pictorial image data or                                                                         
                 text image data based upon image characteristics;                                                                                      
                                   first encoding means for encoding the image data in                                                                  
                 accordance with a first encoding scheme optimized for                                                                                  
                 pictorial image data;                                                                                                                  
                                   second encoding means for encoding the image data in                                                                 
                 accordance with a second encoding scheme optimized for text                                                                            
                 image data, as the first encoding means encodes the image                                                                              
                 data; and                                                                                                                              
                                   control means for receiving encoded image data from                                                                  
                 both the first encoding means and the second encoding means                                                                            
                 and for selecting encoded image data from one of the first and                                                                         
                 second encoding means based upon the first set of control                                                                              

                          1We note that the proper claims before us are the claims                                                                      
                 provided by Amendment C, an after final amendment.  The                                                                                
                 Examiner states on page 2 of the Examiner's answer that                                                                                
                 "Amendment 'C', paper number 15, filed with the Appeal Brief                                                                           
                 has been entered."                                                                                                                     

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