Ex parte AKIOKA 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           for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 29         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                        Ex parte KOJI AKIOKA, TATSUYA SHIMODA,                        
                         TOSHIYUKI ISHIBASHI, RYUICHI OZAKI,                          
                                  and OSAMU KOBAYASHI                                 
                                 Appeal No. 1996-1777                                 
                              Application No. 08/034,009                              
                               HEARD: February 10, 2000                               
          Before OWENS, LIEBERMAN, and KRATZ, Administrative Patent                   
          KRATZ, Administrative Patent Judge.                                         

                                  DECISION ON APPEAL                                  
               This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's refusal               
          to allow claims 1 through 24, which are all of the claims                   
          pending in this application.                                                
               The appellants’ invention relates to a process of                      
          preparing a permanent magnet and product thereof.  An                       

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