Ex parte YASUHIRO HASHIMOTO 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                    not binding precedent of the Board.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 YASUHIRO HASHIMOTO, MASAHIRO SAKO,                                                                                      
                                        HIROYUKI INENAKA and YUJI YAMASHITA                                                                                                
                                                                   Appeal No. 96-3238                                                                                      
                                                          Application No. 08/137,5901                                                                                      
                                                                             ON BRIEF                                                                                      
                    Before URYNOWICZ, MARTIN, and FLEMING, Administrative Patent                                                                                           
                    MARTIN, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                                                   
                                                                   DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                                      
                              This is an appeal from the final rejection of claims 1-4,                                                                                    
                    all of appellants' pending claims, under 35 U.S.C.  103.  We                                                                                          
                              The invention is a terminal device management system and                                                                                     
                    method for detecting a failed terminal among a plurality of                                                                                            
                    terminals (e.g., copying machines) that a remote management                                                                                            
                    apparatus expects to hear from via respective lines (e.g.,                                                                                             

                              1Application for patent filed October 15, 1993.                                                                                              

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