Ex Parte Yang et al - Page 1



                   The opinion in support of the decision being entered today was not written                    
                          for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.                             
                   UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                     
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                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                      
                                    AND INTERFERENCES                                                            
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                            Ex parte MENGSU YANG, CHEUK W. LI,                                                   
                                         and JUN YANG                                                            
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                                        Appeal 2006-2654                                                         
                                     Application 10/100,276                                                      
                                     Technology Center 1600                                                      
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                                           ON BRIEF                                                              
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              Before GRIMES, LINCK, and LEBOVITZ, Administrative Patent Judges.                                  
              LEBOVITZ, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                             
                                     DECISION ON APPEAL                                                          
                   Appellants appeal from a final rejection of claims 1-8 under 35 U.S.C.                        
               102(b).  We have jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C.  134(a).  We reverse.                             
                                     STATEMENT OF CASE                                                           
                   The claims in this appeal are directed to a microfluidic device for “on-                      
              chip monitoring of cellular reactions.”  The devices can also be referred to as                    
              “chips.”  Microfluidic devices comprise microchannels which carry fluid                            
              streams through their passageways.  Specification [0014].  The                                     
              microchannels are scaled to accommodate cells.  According to the                                   












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