Ex parte KURIHARA 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                                                      not binding precedent of the Board.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. 48               

                                    UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                          
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                                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                           
                                                       AND INTERFERENCES                                                               
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                          Ex parte TOSHIO KURIHARA, TOSHIYUKI NISHIO, HISAO YAMAMOTO,                                                  
                                          MINORU KAMIMURA, SHINICHI TESHIMA,                                                           
                                              TSUNEO HANYU and SHIGENORI EMI                                                           
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                                                        Appeal No. 1996-1960                                                           
                                                      Application No. 07/975,167                                                       
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                                                       HEARD: March 21, 2000                                                           
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               Before WILLIAM F. SMITH, ELLIS, and SPIEGEL, Administrative Patent Judges.                                              
               SPIEGEL, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                   



                                                       DECISION ON APPEAL                                                              

                       This is a decision on appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the examiner's final rejection of claims                

               13 through 20, which are all of the claims pending in this application.  A copy of claims 13-20 is                      

               attached to this decision.                                                                                              










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