Ex parte SUZUKI 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                 (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.                                                                                      
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                                     UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                   

                                            BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                   
                                                         AND INTERFERENCES                                                                       

                                            Ex parte AKIHIRO SUZUKI, NORIO SHIBATA                                                               
                                           SHINSUKE TAKAHASHI and MIKIO TOMARU                                                                   

                                                          Appeal No. 1997-0488                                                                   
                                                          Application 08/306,584                                                                 

                                                          HEARD: March 7, 2000                                                                   

                 Before JOHN D. SMITH, WARREN and LIEBERMAN, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                       

                 WARREN, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                            
                                                             Decision on Appeal                                                                  
                         This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the decision of the examiner finally rejecting                             
                 claims 2 through 8.  Subsequent to the final rejection, appellants amended claims           2 through 5 and                     
                 7 and cancelled claims 6 and 8.  Thus, amended claims 2 through 5 and 7 remain for consideration on                             
                 appeal, which are all of the claims in the application.  Claim 2 is illustrative of the claims on appeal:                       
                         2.  An application method of sequentially forming a precoat and forming at least one coat in a                          
                 wet condition on an application face of a support, in which said precoat and said coat contain different                        
                 solvents and are formed with a non-pressurizing coating head having a front edge and a back edge                                
                 respectively disposed upstream and downstream to one another with respect to a direction of                                     
                 movement of the support and forming a slot therebetween, in which the front edge and back edge each                             
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