Ex parte SAKUMA 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                         journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 20                         
                                    UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                 
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                                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                  
                                                        AND INTERFERENCES                                                                     
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                                      Ex parte TETSUO SAKUMA and AKIHIRO MORI                                                                 
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                                                        Appeal No. 97-2776                                                                    
                                                Application No. 08/252,3631                                                                   
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                                                                ON BRIEF                                                                      
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                Before WEIMAR, NASE, and CRAWFORD, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                              
                NASE, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                            



                                                        DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                    
                         This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's rejection                                                           
                of claims 24 through 29, 31 and 32, which are all of the claims                                                               
                pending in this application.2                                                                                                 




                         1Application for patent filed June 1, 1994.                                                                          
                         2Subsequent to the final rejection, the appellants filed an                                                          
                amendment (Paper No. 11) proposing to cancel claims 23 and 30,                                                                
                amend claims 24 through 27 and 29, and add claims 31 and 32.  The                                                             
                examiner subsequently entered that amendment and withdrew the                                                                 
                rejection under 35 U.S.C.  112, second paragraph.                                                                            





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