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APPLICATION NO. 



FILING DATE 



FIRST NAMED INVENTOR 



ATTORNEY DOCKET NO. 



CONFIRMATION NO. 



10/829,100 



27572 



04/21/2004 



Masaru Mori 



7590 



06/14/2005 



HARNESS, DICKEY & PIERCE, P.L.C. 
P.O. BOX 828 

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI 48303 



9319S-000748 



6000 



EXAMINER 



LUU, AN T 



ART UNIT 



PAPER NUMBER 



2816 

DATE MAILED: 06/14/2005 



Please find below and/or attached an Office communication concerning this application or proceeding. 



PTO-90C (Rev. 10/03) 



Office Action Summarv 


Application No. 

10/829,100 


Applicant(s) 

MORI, MASARU 


Examiner 

An T. Luu 


Art Unit 

2816 





- The MAILING DATE of this communication appears on the cover sheet with the correspondence address - 
Period for Reply 



A SHORTENED STATUTORY PERIOD FOR REPLY IS SET TO EXPIRE 3 MONTH(S) FROM 
THE MAILING DATE OF THIS COMMUNICATION. 

- Extensions of time may be available under the provisions of 37 CFR 1 .136(a). In no event, however, may a reply be timely filed 
after SIX (6) MONTHS from the mailing date of this communication. 

- tf the period for reply specified above is less than thirty (30) days, a reply within the statutory minimum of thirty (30) days will be considered timely. 

- If NO period for reply is specified above, the maximum statutory period will apply and will expire SIX (6) MONTHS from the mailing date of this communication. 

- Failure to reply within the set or extended period for reply will, by statute, cause the application to become ABANDONED (35 U.S.C. § 133). 
Any reply received by the Office later than three months after the mailing date of this communication, even if timely filed, may reduce any 
earned patent term adjustment. See 37 CFR 1.704(b). 

Status 

1 )IS Responsive to communication(s) filed on 21 April 2004 . 
2a)D This action is FINAL. 2b)H This action is non-final. 

3) D Since this application is in condition for allowance except for formal matters, prosecution as to the merits is 

closed in accordance with the practice under Ex parte Quayle, 1935 CD. 11, 453 O.G. 213. 

Disposition of Claims 

4) 13 Claim(s) 1^8 is/are pending in the application. 

4a) Of the above claim(s) is/are withdrawn from consideration. 

5) S Claim(s) 2.4.6 and 8 is/are allowed. 

6) M Claim(s) 1.3.5 and 7 is/are rejected. 

7) D Claim(s) is/are objected to. 

8) D Claim(s) are subject to restriction and/or election requirement. 

Application Papers 

9) D The specification is objected to by the Examiner. 

10) D The drawing(s) filed on is/are: a)D accepted or b)D objected to by the Examiner. 

Applicant may not request that any objection to the drawing(s) be held in abeyance. See 37 CFR 1 .85(a). 
Replacement drawing sheet(s) including the correction is required if the drawing(s) is objected to. See 37 CFR 1.121(d). 

11) D The oath or declaration is objected to by the Examiner. Note the attached Office Action or form PTO-152. 

Priority under 35 U.S.C. § 119 

12) [x] Acknowledgment is made of a claim for foreign priority under 35 U.S.C. § 119(a)-(d) or (f). 
a)M All b)D Some * c)D None of: 

1 Certified copies of the priority documents have been received. 

2. D Certified copies of the priority documents have been received in Application No. . 

3. D Copies of the certified copies of the priority documents have been received in this National Stage 

application from the International Bureau (PCT Rule 17.2(a)). 
* See the attached detailed Office action for a list of the certified copies not received. 



Attachment(s) 

1) M Notice of References Cited (PTO-892) 4) □ Interview Summary (PTO-413) 

2) □ Notice of Drafts person's Patent Drawing Review (PTO-948) Paper No(s)/Mail Date. . 

3) M Information Disclosure Statement(s) (PTO-1449 or PTO/SB/08) 5) □ Notice of Informal Patent Application (PTO-1 52) 

Paper No(syMail Date 4-21-04 . 6) D Other: . 



U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 
PTOL-326 (Rev. 1-04) 



Office Action Summary 



Part of Paper No./Mail Date 20050611 



Application/Control Number: 1 0/829, 1 00 Page 2 

Art Unit: 2816 

DETAILED ACTION 
Claim Rejections - 35 USC§102 

1 . The following is a quotation of the appropriate paragraphs of 35 U.S. C. 102 that form the 
basis for the rejections under this section made in this Office action: 

A person shall be entitled to a patent unless - 

(b) the invention was patented or described in a printed publication in this or a foreign country or in public use or on 
sale in this country, more than one year prior to the date of application for patent in the United States. 

2. Claims 1 , 3, 5 and 7 are rejected under 35 U.S.C 102(b) as being anticipated by the Iwata 
et al reference (US Patent 5,999,022). 

Iwata disclose in figure 2 and 3A a clock signal detection circuit comprising a first circuit 
2 generating an output signal of predetermined potential in accordance with a first level of a 
clock signal, and setting an output terminal DO to a high impedance state in accordance with a 
second level of the clock signal; an impedance element 21 disposed between the output terminal 
of the first circuit and a potential source Vref having a potential that is different from the 
predetermined potential; and a second circuit 3 in figure 2 generating a clock signal detection 
(i.e., at its output terminal) result in accordance with an output potential of the first circuit as 
required by claim 1 . 

As to claim 3, element 21 is shown as a transistor as required by claim. 

As to claim 5, the scope of claim is similar to that of claim 1 . Therefore, it is rejected for 
the same reason set forth above. 

As to claim 7, the scope of claim is similar to that of claim 3. Therefore, it is rejected for 
the same reason set forth above. 



Application/Control Number: 1 0/829, 1 00 Page 3 

Art Unit: 2816 

Allowable Subject Matter 

3. Claims 2, 4, 6 and 8 are allowed. 

4. The following is an examiner's statement of reasons for allowance: the prior art of record 
fails to disclose an apparatus comprising elements being configured as recited in claims. 
Specifically, none of the prior art teaches or fairly suggests, among other things, the limitation of 
"a third circuit" and "a fifth circuit" as required by claims 3 and 6. 

Any comments considered necessary by applicant must be submitted no later than the 
payment of the issue fee and, to avoid processing delays, should preferably accompany the issue 
fee. Such submissions should be clearly labeled "Comments on Statement of Reasons for 
Allowance." 

Conclusion 

5. The prior art made of record and not relied upon is considered pertinent to applicant's 
disclosure. 

Any inquiry concerning this communication or earlier communications from the 
examiner should be directed to An T. Luu whose telephone number is 571-272-1746. The 
examiner can normally be reached on 7:30-5:00. 

If attempts to reach the examiner by telephone are unsuccessful, the examiner's 
supervisor, Timothy P. Callahan can be reached on 571-272-1740. The fax phone number for 
the organization where this application or proceeding is assigned is 703-872-9306. 



Application/Control Number: 1 0/829, 1 00 Page 4 

Art Unit: 2816 

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