Ex parte SCHOFIELD 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                 written for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding                     
                 precedent of the Board.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. 18            
                           UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                 
                               BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                    
                                         AND INTERFERENCES                                           
                     Ex parte ANDREW J. SCHOFIELD and ANTHONY R. WASHER                              
                                       Appeal No. 1997-1933                                          
                                    Application No. 08/299,715                                       
                                              ON BRIEF                                               
           Before KRASS, FLEMING, and GROSS, Administrative Patent Judges.                           
           GROSS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                       

                                        DECISION ON APPEAL                                           
                 This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's final                              
           rejection of claims 12 and 13, which are all of the claims                                
           pending in this application.                                                              
                 Appellants' invention relates to a fault-tolerant                                   
           transaction-oriented data processing system and method in                                 
           which, for a resource which is to be updated within a                                     
           transaction, an exclusive semaphore lock is obtained and                                  

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