Ex Parte Kabeya et al - Page 1



                         The opinion is not binding precedent of the Board.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 Kasuhisa Kabeya et al.                                           
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                                         Appeal 2007-2421                                                    
                                       Application 10/289,7931                                               
                                       Technology Center 1700                                                
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                                    Decided: 20 September 2007                                               
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                Before  RICHARD E. SCHAFER, JAMESON LEE, MICHAEL P.                                          
                TIERNEY, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                       
                TIERNEY, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                        
                                      DECISION ON APPEAL                                                     
                      Appellants Kabeya et al. (hereafter "JFE")2 seek review under                          
                35 U.S.C.  134(a) of a rejection of claims 1-19, the only claims                            
                remaining in the application on appeal.  We have jurisdiction over the                       
                appeal pursuant to 35 U.S.C.  6(b).  We affirm-in-part.                                     



                                                                                                            
                1 The application published as U.S. Published Application                                    
                2003/0077397 A1 on April 24, 2003.                                                           
                2 The real party in interest is JFE Steel Corp.  (Appeal Br. at 2).                          



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