Ex parte SHIBUYA 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           for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 24         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                                     ____________                                     
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                                     ____________                                     
                        Ex parte HIROSHI SHIBUYA, ICIRO SAKUMA,                       
                                  and TATSUYA OHMIDO                                  
                                     ____________                                     
                                 Appeal No. 1997-1503                                 
                              Application No. 08/422,649                              
                                     ____________                                     
                                HEARD: February 8, 2000                               
                                     ____________                                     
          Before BARRETT, FLEMING, and BARRY, Administrative Patent                   
          Judges.                                                                     
          BARRY, Administrative Patent Judge.                                         



                                  DECISION ON APPEAL                                  
               This is a decision on the appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134                 
          from the final rejection of claims 1, 2, 9, 10, and 18-28.  We              
          reverse.                                                                    










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