Ex parte LE MOUEL 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               written for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding        
               precedent of the Board.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. 29         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                      Ex parte BERNARD LE MOUEL, FRANCOIS-XAVIER                      
                             OLLIVIER, and JEAN-LUC PAMART                            
                                 Appeal No. 1997-1982                                 
                              Application No. 08/483,886                              
                                       ON BRIEF                                       
          Before THOMAS, 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 1, 2, and 4 through 7, which are all of                 
          the claims pending in this application.                                     
               Appellants' invention relates to a device for optimizing               
          signal transmission performance in a system for transmitting                
          digital data on an optical link.  The device controls a                     

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