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          Appeal No. 96-1584                                                          
          Application 08/066,697                                                      


               In FIG. 9, Piotrowski discloses a semiconductor structure              
          having an NPN transistor having an N/N+ junction intersecting an            
          island insulating layer and a P-type region spaced from the                 
          layer.                                                                      
               Taylor discloses a semiconductor RAM cell having a common              
          contact region 23 connecting a trench 32 with the N- island                 
          region 22.                                                                  
                        THE REJECTIONS UNDER 35 U.S.C.  103                          
               In its brief at page 12, appellant indicates that                      
          independent claim 23 stands or falls with independent claim 22              
          and at page 21, appellant indicates that claims 4-6, 8 and 9                
          stand or fall with the rejection of claim 22, from which they               
          depend, and that claims 13-15, 17 and 18 stand or fall with the             
          rejection of claim 23, upon which they depend.  At page 26 of the           
          brief, appellant further indicates that the Board's decision on             
          the patentability of claims 11, 12 and 16, which depend from                
          claim 23, stands or falls with the decision on patentability of             
          claims 2, 3 and 7, respectively, which claims depend from claim             
          22.  Lastly, at page 26 of the brief, appellant indicates that,             
          whereas dependent claims 20 and 21 further delimit claim 24 in              
          the same manner that claims 2 and 3 further delimit claim 22, the           



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