IN RE NTP
tions, as disclosed on the cover page of the ’592 patent.The Parent Application to the ’592 patent was filed onSeptember 28, 1998.
Reduced to its simplest form, theinvention described in the ’592 patent is an electronicmail system that transmits an electronic mail messagefrom an originating processor to a destination processorthrough a radio frequency (“RF”) data transmissionnetwork.
col.17 ll.25-32. Prior to reaching the desti-nation processor, the electronic mail message is stored ina RF receiver, which sends the message to the destinationprocessor when the two are connected.
col.17 ll.32-34,41-43. In some embodiments of the invention, the elec-tronic mail message is transmitted through the datatransmission network using a gateway switch and/or aninterface switch.
col.18 ll.1-8, col.19 ll.9-15. A gate-way switch stores information that it receives from anoriginating processor before that information is transmit-ted to the destination processor.
col.19 ll.9-15. Aninterface switch connects the gateway switch to the RFtransmission network to transmit the stored information.
col.19 ll.19-23.For this appeal, the key feature of the claimed inven-tion is the “destination processor.” Claim 1 is representa-tive of the independent claims of the ’592 patent withregard to this key feature:1. In a communication system comprising a wire-less system which communication system trans-mits electronic mail inputted to the
The Parent Application claims descendancy bycontinuation from U.S. Patent Application No. 08/844,957,filed on April 23, 1997, which is a continuation of U.S.Patent Application No. 08/443,430, filed on May 18, 1995,which is a continuation of U.S. Patent Application No.07/702,939, filed on May 20, 1991. ’592 patent at .