Ex Parte ATON - 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               written for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding       
               precedent of the Board.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. 30         
                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                         
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                               Ex parte THOMAS J. ATON                               
                                 Appeal No. 1997-1011                                
                             Application No. 08/250,6311                             
                                       ON BRIEF                                      
          Before BARRETT, FLEMING, and GROSS, Administrative Patent Judges.          
          GROSS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                        

                                  DECISION ON APPEAL                                 
               This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's final                
          rejection of claims 1 through 22, which are all of the claims              
          pending in this application.                                               
               The appellant's invention relates to a communication system           
          in which icon strings of information such as network identifiers           
          or program titles are displayed with standard broadcasts.  Claim           

               1 Application for patent filed May 27, 1994.  According to appellant, 
          this application is a continuation of Application No. 07/678,570, filed March
          28, 1991, now abandoned.                                                   

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