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                 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                         for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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                                                   
                                          ____________________                                                
                         Ex parte PATRICK H. HAYES, PAUL D. ARLING, and                                       
                                          ROBERT P. LILLENESS                                                 
                                          ____________________                                                
                                             Appeal 2006-3350                                                 
                                           Application 10/287,411                                             
                                          Technology Center 2100                                              
                                          ____________________                                                
                                          Decided: March 21, 2007                                             
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                Before KENNETH W. HAIRSTON, ALLEN R. MACDONALD, and                                           
                JAY P. LUCAS, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                   
                LUCAS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                           

                                          DECISION ON APPEAL                                                  

                                          STATEMENT OF CASE                                                   
                      Appellants appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 (2002) from a final rejection                   
                of claims 1 to 29.  We have jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C.  6(b) (2002).                       
                      Appellants invented a handheld “remote control unit” for a television                   
                or the like appliance that displays a program guide representing the                          
                programs that will be available for viewing on the television.  The user can                  




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