Ex parte HUSTON et al. - Page 12




          Appeal No. 1999-0172                                                        
          Application 08/334,733                                                      


          appeal (see page 2 in the main brief and page 1 in the reply                
          brief), as being anticipated by Mansell.                                    


          III. The 35 U.S.C.  102(e) rejection based on Bickley.                     


               Bickley discloses a GPS communications interface which is              
          shown in Figure 1 and described at column 2, line 54, through               
          column 4, line 9.  The interface includes a direct GPS port 46              
          for communicating GPS pseudo range data from another                        
          differential receiver (see column 3, lines 12 through 15).                  
          Among the possible applications for the interface is the                    
          interrogatable tag system shown in Figure 3 and described at                
          column 4, line 53, through column 5, line 30.  Of this system,              
          Bickley states that                                                         


               [t]he interrogatable tag system shown in FIG. 3 can                    
               be used to provide identification, location/position                   
               data, and message transfer by radio interrogation.                     
               Applications include tracking and monitoring of                        
               ground vehicles (e.g., police, taxi, truck,                            
               tractors), aircraft, ships, airport assets,                            
               warehouse assets, dockside assets, harbor assets,                      
               and military applications such as interrogatable                       
               friend or foe (IFF) systems [column 5, lines 8                         
               through 15].                                                           

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