Ex parte ARATAKI 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          (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 23              

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
                               Ex parte YUJI ARATAKI                                  
                                and TETSUJI NAKAZAWA                                  
                                Appeal No. 1997-1323                                  
                             Application No. 08/117,997                               
                                      ON BRIEF                                        

          Before THOMAS, HAIRSTON and RUGGIERO, Administrative Patent                 
          HAIRSTON, Administrative Patent Judge.                                      

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               This is an appeal from the final rejection of claims                   
          1 through 12.                                                               
               The disclosed invention relates to a method and an                     
          apparatus for counting the number of off-track signals that                 
          occur within a predetermined period of time in an optical disk              

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