Ex parte WEBSTER et al. - Page 1

                    THIS OPINION WAS NOT WRITTEN FOR PUBLICATION                      

               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               written for publication in a law journal and is not binding precedent  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. 18         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                       Ex parte LARRY D. WEBSTER and EHUD PARDO                       
                                 Appeal No. 1997-2057                                 
                              Application No. 08/287,670                              
                                       ON BRIEF                                       
          Before THOMAS, KRASS, 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 7 through 9, which are all of the claims                
          pending in this application.                                                
               Appellants' invention relates to a power management                    
          apparatus for controlling the use of electrical energy in an                
          internal functional circuit.  The apparatus includes a                      
          variable power source for passing a low (or reduced) voltage                

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