Ex Parte Ahn et al - Page 1

                           The opinion in support of the decision being entered today                                 
                                      is not binding precedent of the Board.                                          

                          UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                   
                                BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                    
                                            AND INTERFERENCES                                                         
                                Ex parte KIE Y. AHN and LEONARD FORBES                                                
                                                Appeal 2007-1295                                                      
                                              Application 10/109,713                                                  
                                             Technology Center 2800                                                   
                                              Decided:  July 30, 2007                                                 
                 Before BRADLEY R. GARRIS, THOMAS A. WALTZ, and                                                       
                 JEFFREY T. SMITH, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                      
                 SMITH, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                  

                                            DECISION ON APPEAL                                                        
                                               Statement of the Case                                                  
                        This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from a final rejection of                             
                 claims 31-45.  We have jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C.  6.                                             
                        Appellants’ invention relates to the field of semiconductors and, in                          
                 particular, to a copper damascene structure.  Representative independent                             
                 claim 31, as presented in the Brief, appears below:                                                  

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