Ex parte MAGHSOUDNIA - 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           for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 23         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                             Ex parte  PIROUZ MAGHSOUDNIA                             
                                 Appeal No. 1996-3909                                 
                              Application No. 08/115,440                              
                                       ON BRIEF                                       
          Before GARRIS, LIEBERMAN, and KRATZ, Administrative Patent                  
          KRATZ, Administrative Patent Judge.                                         

                                  DECISION ON APPEAL                                  
               This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's final                 
          rejection of claims 4, 9 and 12-16, which are all of the                    
          claims pending in this application.                                         
               Appellant's invention relates to a process for treating                
          wafers having a thin film resistor deposited thereon.                       
          According to appellant, the sheet resistance of the resistor                
          is increased and the temperature coefficient of resistance is               

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