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                          for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board                           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                                             
                                         ____________________                                                 
                             BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                               
                                         AND INTERFERENCES                                                    
                                         ____________________                                                 
                             Ex parte LI YANG and TOSHIHIRO YOSHIDA1                                          
                                         ____________________                                                 
                                             Appeal 2007-1524                                                 
                                          Application 09/770,725                                              
                                          Technology Center 1700                                              
                                         ____________________                                                 
                                          Decided:  June 14, 2007                                             
                                         ____________________                                                 
                Before ADRIENE LEPIANE HANLON, ROMULO H. DELMENDO, and                                        
                SALLY G. LANE, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                  
                DELMENDO, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                        

                                         DECISION ON APPEAL                                                   

           1                           STATEMENT OF THE CASE                                                  
           2          Applicants appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134(a) (2005) from a rejection of                   
           3    claims 1-17, which are all the claims pending in the subject application.                     
           4    (Answer entered January 19, 2006; Substitute Answer entered August 22,                        
           5    2006.)  We have jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C.  6(b) (2005).                                   

                                                                                                             
                1  The real party in interest is NGK Insulators, Ltd. (Appeal Br. 1).                         



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