Ex parte HUSTON et al. - Page 16

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

          in the substitute answer).                                                  

               The appellants counter that the examiner’s conclusion of               
          obviousness is unsound because the applied references lack any              
          suggestion to increase the accuracy of the GPS location                     
          determinations in the primary references or to utilize such                 
          determinations to track freight containers in a freight yard.               

               The appellants’ position here is persuasive with respect               
          to the proposed combination of Alesio and either Mansell or                 
          Bickley, but not with respect to the proposed combinations of               
          Rudnicki, Burns or Welles and either Mansell or Bickley.                    

               More particularly, the vehicle theft detection system and              
          method disclosed by Alesio bear little resemblance to the                   
          freight related system and method recited in independent                    
          claims 1, 10 and 27.  Even if the Alesio system and method                  
          were modified in view                                                       


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