Ex parte MIYAMOTO 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          (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 34              

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
                    Ex parte HARUKAZU MIYAMOTO, TOSHIO NIIHARA,                       
                           MOTOYASU TERAO, NORIO OHTA and                             
                                 MASAAKI KUREBAYASHI                                  
                                Appeal No. 1996-3787                                  
                               Application 07/607,870                                 
                              HEARD: FEBRUARY 9, 2000                                 

          Before PAK, WARREN, and WALTZ, Administrative Patent Judges.                
          PAK, Administrative Patent Judge.                                           

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               This is a decision on an appeal from the examiner’s                    
          refusal to allow claims 38, 39 and 41 through 47 which are all              
          of the claims remaining in the application.  Claims 41, 42 and              
          43 were amended subsequent to the final Office action dated                 

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