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          The opinion in support of the decision being entered today was not written for
          publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.                      

                                                            Paper No. 22              

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                 AND INTERFERENCES                                    
                                Ex parte TETSURO ITO                                  
                                Appeal No. 2000-1347                                  
                             Application No. 08/740,283                               
                                      ON BRIEF                                        

          Before FRANKFORT, STAAB, and McQUADE, Administrative Patent                 
          McQUADE, Administrative Patent Judge.                                       

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               Tetsuro Ito appeals from the final rejection of claims 1               
          through 16.  Claims 23 through 29, the only other claims                    
          pending in the application, stand allowed.                                  
                                   THE INVENTION                                      
               The invention relates to “a fixing device for heating and              
          thereby fixing an unfixed image such as a toner image to a                  
          record member bearing the unfixed image in an image forming                 

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