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                                      The opinion in support of the decision being entered today was not written for publication and                                                   
                                                                       is not binding precedent of the Board.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                                  Paper No. 28                         

                                                 UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                                             
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                                                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                                            
                                                                           AND INTERFERENCES                                                                                           
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                                  Ex parte HIDEO SUNAMI, TOKUO KURE, AND YOSHIFUMI KAWAMOTO1                                                                                           
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                                                                             Appeal No. 1997-1808                                                                                      
                                                                         Application No. 08/172,1012                                                                                   
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                                                                          HEARD: October 11, 2000                                                                                      
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                     Before JOHN D. SMITH, KRATZ, and TIMM, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                                                              
                     TIMM, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                                                                




                                                                          DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                                           

                                This is a decision on appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the Examiner's final rejection of claims                                                       

                     27-39, 41-44, 46-48, 52, 57-60, 62, 63 and 66-76.  Claim 48 was canceled and claim 77 was added                                                                   

                     by the Amendment After Final Rejection filed June 8, 1995.  The Examiner has since withdrawn all                                                                  

                                1The real party in interest is Hitachi, Ltd.                                                                                                           
                                2This application is a continuation of Serial Number 07/914,468, filed July 17, 1992, which is a                                                       
                     continuation of Serial Number 07/348,131, filed May 5, 1989, which is a continuation of Serial                                                                    
                     Number 07/093,160, filed September 1, 1987, which is a continuation of Serial Number 06/465,341,                                                                  
                     filed February 9, 1983.  All of these prior applications have been abandoned.                                                                                     





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