Ex parte PERKINS - 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                      publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 18                 
                               UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                  
                                   BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                     
                                               AND INTERFERENCES                                                          
                                           Ex parte MICHAEL G. PERKINS                                                    
                                                Appeal No. 1997-0410                                                      
                                              Application No. 08/041,446                                                  
                                                       ON BRIEF                                                           
              Before KRASS, DIXON, and GROSS, Administrative Patent Judges.                                               
              DIXON, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                         

                                               DECISION ON APPEAL                                                         

                     This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's final rejection of claims 1-12,                     
              which are all of the claims pending in this application.                                                    
                     We REVERSE.                                                                                          

                     The appellant's invention relates to a method and apparatus for effecting seamless                   
              data rate changes in a video compression system.  An understanding of the invention can                     
              be derived from a reading of exemplary claim 1, which is reproduced below.                                  

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