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                            The opinion in support of the decision being entered today was not written                                                              
                                         for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.                                                                 
                                                                                                                   Paper No. 29                                     
                                         UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                                  
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                                                BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                                  
                                                                AND INTERFERENCES                                                                                   
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                                           Ex parte YASUSHI SHIRAHASE, KENJI ISSHIKI and                                                                            
                                                                 YOSHIFUMI WATAZU                                                                                   
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                                                                 Appeal No. 1997-0838                                                                               
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                                                                Application 08/235,238                                                                              
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                                                            HEARD: September 14, 2000                                                                               
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                   Before WILLIAM F. SMITH, SCHEINER and ADAMS, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                                       
                   SCHEINER, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                                           
                                                                DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                                  
                            This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the final rejection of claims 1,        4                                                  
                   through 6, 10, 11, 13, 15 and 16, all the claims remaining in the application.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                   

                            1Application for patent filed May 2, 1994.  According to appellants, this application                                                   
                   is a continuation of Application Serial No. 07/646,999, filed January 29, 1991, now                                                              
                   abandoned, which is a continuation-in-part of Application Serial No. 07/375,951, filed July                                                      
                   6, 1989, now abandoned.                                                                                                                          
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