Ex parte BIRD 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            for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the                     
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                               UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                 

                                   BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                    
                                           AND INTERFERENCES                                             

                                       Ex parte NEIL C. BIRD and                                         
                                             ALAN G. KNAPP                                               
                                           Appeal No. 96-1378                                            
                                        Application 08/096,6261                                          
                                                ON BRIEF                                                 

            Before MARTIN, BARRETT and LEE, Administrative Patent Judges .                               
            MARTIN, Administrative Patent Judge .                                                        

                                           DECISION ON APPEAL                                            
                  This is a decision in an appeal under 35 U.S.C. '  134 from the                        
            examiner's final rejection of claims 1-23, which are all of appellants'                      
            pending claims, under 35 U.S.C. ''  103 and 103.  We reverse.                                
                  The claimed invention relates to active matrix  display devices having                 
            display elements which are controlled by respective TFTs (TFT means Thin Film                
            Technology).  In the prior art display devices described in appellants'                      
            specification (at 1-2), digital video signals are converted to analog signals                
            which are applied to the column conductors via the TFTs, which operate as                    
   1 Application for patent filed July 21, 1993.                                                         


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