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Ex parte Slatter

United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent Trial and Appeal Board

September 15, 2015

Ex parte DAVID NEIL SLATTER Application 11/342, 864 Technology Center 2100

FILING DATE 01/31/2006.

Before ELENI MANTIS MERCADER, DANIEL J. GALLIGAN, and KEVIN C. TROCK, Administrative Patent Judges.

DECISION ON APPEAL

GALLIGAN, ADMINISTRATIVE PATENT JUDGE

Appellant[1] seeks our review under 35 U.S.C. § 134(a) of the Examiner's rejection of claims 1-12 and 14-25. We have jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C. § 6(b).

We AFFIRM.[2]

STATEMENT OF THE CASE

Claims on Appeal

Claims 1, 9, 15, 19, 24, and 25 are independent claims. Claim 1 is reproduced below:

1. A method of updating software on an appliance that includes an interrogator for interrogating memory tags, the method comprising:
releasably attaching a memory tag to an external surface of an external housing of the appliance, wherein the memory tag contains a software update for the software on the appliance,
updating the software on the appliance from the software update on the memory tag, and
removing the memory tag from the appliance.
Prior Art
De La Huerga
US 2002/0038392 A1

Mar. 28, 2002

Meade, II et al. (hereinafter "Meade")
US 2002/0140966 A1

Oct. 3, 2002

Waters
US 2004/0141790 A1

July 22, 2004

Examiner's Rejections

Claims 1-12 and 14-18 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C. ยง 103(a) as being unpatentable over Meade and De ...


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