Ex Parte SIMON 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               journal and is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 31           

                     UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                        
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
                    Ex parte RANDY W. SIMON, CHRISTINE E. PLATT,                      
                          ALFRED E. LEE and GREGORY S. LEE                            
                                Appeal No. 1997-2063                                  
                             Application No. 08/433,818                               
                               HEARD:  August 16, 2000                                

          Before KIMLIN, WALTZ and TIMM, Administrative Patent Judges.                
          KIMLIN, Administrative Patent Judge.                                        

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               This is an appeal from the final rejection of claims 13-17,            
          19, 22, 23, 25, 26 and 28-31.  Claims 11 and 12, the other claims           
          remaining in the present application, stand withdrawn from                  
          consideration.  Claims 13 and 16 are illustrative:                          
               13.  A superconductor device comprising:                               
               (a) a substrate of crystalline lanthanum aluminate; and                
               (b) at least one film of a crystalline superconductor                  
          deposited on the substrate wherein said crystalline substrate and           


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