Ex parte SHIBATA 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                          publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 17                 
                                    UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                            
                                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                              
                                                       AND INTERFERENCES                                                                 
                               Ex parte TAKUJI SHIBATA, NORIO SAITO and YUTAKA SODA                                                      
                                                        Appeal No. 1997-0447                                                             
                                                     Application No. 08/231,513                                                          
                                                               ON BRIEF                                                                  
                Before KRASS, RUGGIERO, and DIXON, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                         
                DIXON, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                      

                                                       DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                

                        This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's final rejection of claims 1-6, which                            
                are all of the claims pending in this application.                                                                       
                        We REVERSE.                                                                                                      

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