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Paper No. 29
UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE
BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS
Ex parte TOSHIO AMANO, HISAYOSHI FUJIMOTO, YASUSHI EMA,
YASUHISA FUJII, and NOBUHISA ISHIDA
Appeal No. 1999-1560
Application No. 08/974,108
HEARD: May 23, 2001
Before HAIRSTON, GROSS, and BLANKENSHIP, Administrative Patent Judges.
GROSS, Administrative Patent Judge.
DECISION ON APPEAL
This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's final
rejection of claims 1 through 20, which are all of the claims pending
in this application.
Appellants' invention relates to an ink jet printing head. A
main frame supports a head assembly having pressure chambers filled
with ink and corresponding piezoelectric elements. Each chamber's
volume varies with a voltage applied to the associated piezoelectric
element. A hollow portion in the center of the main frame, a
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