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               The opinion in support of the decision being entered today was not     
               written for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.     
                                                               Paper No. 36           
                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
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                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
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             Ex parte YASUNORI UETANI, YASUNORI DOI, KAZUHIKO HASHIMOTO,              
                         HARUYOSHI OSAKI and RYOTARU HANAWA                           
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                                Appeal No. 1997-2593                                  
                             Application No. 08/160,290                               
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                               HEARD: October 23, 2000                                
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          Before JOHN D. SMITH, LIEBERMAN, and TIMM, Administrative                   
          Patent Judges.                                                              
          JOHN D. SMITH, Administrative Patent Judge.                                 


                              DECISION ON APPEAL                                      
               This is an appeal pursuant to 35 U.S.C.  134 from the                 
          final rejection of claims 1, 7, 10, 14, 18, 22, and 23.                     
               In light of appellants’ "Grouping of Claims" in the brief              
          at page 4, we reproduce appealed claims 1 and 10 below which                
          are representative of the two groups of appealed claims for                 
          which appellants seek separate consideration:                               







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