Ex parte KANAI - Page 1

             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             for publication in a law journal and is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 28         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                                 Ex parte TAKEO KANAI                                 
                                 Appeal No. 1997-2340                                 
                              Application No. 08/329,687                              
                               HEARD: September 14, 2000                              
          Before FLEMING, LALL, and BARRY, Administrative Patent Judges.              
          BARRY, Administrative Patent Judge.                                         

                                  DECISION ON APPEAL                                  
               This is a decision on appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from                
          the  rejection of claims 1-9.  We reverse.                                  

               The invention at issue in this appeal relates to over-                 
          voltage protection.  Asynchronous inputs and short circuits                 
          generate over-voltage in the windings of generators and                     
          motors.  Over-voltage protection devices use parallel current               

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