Ex parte NAKAMARU et al. - Page 1




                    THIS OPINION WAS NOT WRITTEN FOR PUBLICATION                      
          The opinion in support of the decision being entered today (1)              
          was not written for publication in a law journal and (2) is not             
          binding precedent of the Board.                                             
                                                       Paper No. 36                   
                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                                    ____________                                      
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
                                    ____________                                      
                     Ex parte NOBORU NAKAMARU, SHINJI SUZUKI,                        
                  TOSHIYUKI KATSU, AKIRA KIKUCHI, TATSUSHI IIZUKA,                    
                                  MASAHARU SAKAMOTO                                   
                                    ____________                                      
                                 Appeal No. 96-0209                                   
                               Application 07/922,5011                                
               ____________                                                           
                                HEARD: July 14, 1997                                  
                                    ____________                                      
          Before JERRY SMITH, LEE and CARMICHAEL, Administrative Patent               
          Judges.                                                                     
          LEE, Administrative Patent Judge.                                           

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               This is a decision on appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the            
          examiner's final rejection of claims 1-15.22We reverse.  We also            
          enter a new ground of rejection against claims 4-11 and 13-15.              

           Application filed July 31, 1992.1                                                                    
           The appellants' amendment filed on April 7, 1994, under2                                                                    
          37 CFR  1.116 has not been entered.  See advisory Office action            
          (Paper No. 12).                                                             


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