Ex parte TAKEMOTO et al. - Page 2

          Appeal No. 1997-1335                                                        
          Application No. 08/201,023                                                  

                    This is a decision on appeal from the final rejec-                
          tion of claims 1 and 5, all of the claims pending in the                    
                    The invention relates to a nozzle plate for an ink-               
          jet recorder, wherein the surface of the nozzle plate is                    
          coated with a water-repellent coating.  The coating surrounds               
          each nozzle hole except for a predetermined area immediately                
          adjacent each hole.                                                         
                    Representative independent claim 1 is reproduced as               
                    1. A nozzle plate having one or more nozzle holes                 
          for ejecting ink droplets, wherein a water-repellent coating                
          is formed on a surface of said nozzle plate surrounding said                
          nozzle holes, so as to leave an uncoated portion of said                    
          nozzle plate surface surrounding said nozzle holes, said                    
          uncoated portion having an outer diameter larger than a                     
          diameter of said nozzle holes by no greater than approximately              
          140% of the diameter of said nozzle holes.                                  

                    The references relied on by the Examiner are as                   
          Fujimura et al. (Fujimara)    4,751,532           Jun. 14, 1988             
          Miura et al. (Miura)          4,801,955           Jan. 31, 1989             


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