Ex parte GLASS - Page 3

          Appeal No. 1998-2879                                                        
          Application No. 08/474,856                                                  

               Claim 1 is illustrative of the claimed invention, and it               
          reads as follows:                                                           
               1.  A device for use in an array of microcircuit                       
          devices,   said array of devices having distributed buffering               
          of control     signals, each device requiring buffered control              
          signals to be     applied thereto, said array further                       
          including a network for     distribution of said buffered                   
          control signals to said array of     devices, each of said                  
          devices comprising:                                                         
                    functional circuitry for processing signals applied               
          thereto; and                                                                
                    a buffer circuit functionally independent from and                
          residing on the same microcircuit as said functional                        
          circuitry,    wherein each buffer circuit buffers one of a                  
          plurality of     control signals, each said one buffered                    
          control signal being     applied to said network for                        
          distribution to functional    circuitry of devices of said                  
               The references relied on by the examiner are:                          
          Hoffman et al. (Hoffman)           3,868,657                Feb.            
          25, 1975                                                                    
          Redwine                       4,110,639                Aug. 29,             
          Matsuo et al. (Matsuo)        5,134,583                Jul. 28,             
               Claims 1, 3, 5 through 8, 10, 12 through 14 and 18                     
          through 20 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  102 as anticipated              
          by Matsuo or, in the alternative, under 35 U.S.C.  103 as                  
          being  unpatentable over Matsuo.                                            
               Claims 2, 9 and 20 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103                

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