Ex parte DOUKEN 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                was not written for publication in a law journal and (2) is not                                                               
                binding precedent of the Board.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. 18                              

                                    UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                 
                                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                  
                                                        AND INTERFERENCES                                                                     
                                       Ex parte TOMOHIKO DOUKEN, ISAO KIZUYA,                                                                 
                                                         and KIKUO TOMITA                                                                     
                                                        Appeal No. 96-0526                                                                    
                                                    Application 08/008,2911                                                                   
                                                      HEARD: JULY 14, 1997                                                                    

                Before JERRY SMITH, LEE, and CARMICHAEL, Administrative Patent                                                                
                CARMICHAEL, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                      

                                                        DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                    

                         This is an appeal from the final rejection of Claims 1-7 and                                                         
                9-11.  The other claim remaining in the application is Claim 8,                                                               
                which has been indicated as directed to patentable subject                                                                    
                matter.  Final Rejection at 7.                                                                                                
                         We reverse.                                                                                                          

                         1Application for patent filed January 25, 1993.                                                                      

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