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                  The opinion in support of the decision being entered today is not binding                   
                                           precedent of the Board.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 SUMIYO TANAKA                                                 
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                                             Appeal 2007-0353                                                 
                                           Application 09/255,352                                             
                                          Technology Center 2100                                              
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                                           Decided: June 28, 2007                                             
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                Before JAMES D. THOMAS, JOSEPH F. RUGGIERO, and JOSEPH L.                                     
                DIXON, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                          
                RUGGIERO, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                        


                                         DECISION ON APPEAL                                                   
                                       STATEMENT OF THE CASE                                                  
                      Appellant appeals under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the Final Rejection of                     
                claims 1-32.  We have jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C.  6(b).                                    
                      We reverse.                                                                             
                      Appellant’s invention relates to image searching in which common                        
                key image feature values are extracted from a user specified plurality of key                 




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