Ex parte SHINOTSUKA et al. - Page 1

             The opinion in support of the decision being entered today was not written
             for publication in a law journal and is not binding precedent of the Board.
                                                                 Paper No. 27         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                   Ex parte HIDEAKI SHINOTSUKA and MASAYUKI CHATANI                   
                                 Appeal No. 1997-1665                                 
                              Application No. 08/289,134                              
                                       ON BRIEF                                       
          Before KRASS, BARRETT, and BARRY, Administrative Patent Judges.             
          BARRY, Administrative Patent Judge.                                         

                                  DECISION ON APPEAL                                  
               This is a decision on appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from                
          the  rejection of claims 1-17.  We affirm-in-part.                          

               The invention at issue in this appeal relates to                       
          handwriting recognition.  While handwriting recognizers are                 
          well known, prior recognizers exhibit several deficiencies.                 
          Most notably, the complicated processes performed thereby are               

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