Ex parte HIRAYAMA - Page 1

                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                written for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 25         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                               Ex parte TOMOSHI HIRAYAMA                              
                                 Appeal No. 1996-1418                                 
                              Application No. 08/247,521                              
                                       ON BRIEF1                                      
          Before KRASS, GROSS, and BLANKENSHIP, Administrative Patent                 
          GROSS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                         

                                  DECISION ON APPEAL                                  
               This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's final                 
          rejection of claims 1 through 7, which are all of the claims                
          pending in this application.                                                
               Appellant's invention relates to a character input                     
          apparatus which includes a display for displaying characters                
          and corresponding character type identifiers simultaneously.                

               We observe that on August 2, 2000 (paper no. 24), appellant filed a1                                                                     
          waiver of the oral hearing set for September 12, 2000.                      

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