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Paper No. 20
UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE
BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS
Ex parte TOSHIO NORITA, TAKASHI KONDO, EIRO FUJII, and FUMIYA YAGI
Appeal No. 2003-1611
Application No. 09/243,794
HEARD: Jan. 6, 2004
Before BARRETT, BARRY, and SAADAT, Administrative Patent Judges.
BARRY, Administrative Patent Judge.
DECISION ON APPEAL
A patent examiner rejected claims 22-24. The appellants appeal therefrom
under 35 U.S.C. § 134(a). We reverse.
The invention at issue on appeal relates to three-dimensional ("3-D")
measurements. 3-D measurements of human bodies around the entire circumference
thereof have been made in fields such as medicine and apparel for many years. (Spec.
at 1.) According to the appellants, however, conventional mechanisms for making 3-D
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