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                      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                      (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 21         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                                 Ex parte KOICHI INOUE                                
                                 Appeal No. 1997-2844                                 
                              Application No. 08/242,881                              
                                       ON BRIEF                                       
          Before JERRY SMITH, FLEMING, and GROSS, Administrative Patent               
          GROSS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                         

                                  DECISION ON APPEAL                                  
               This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's final                 
          rejection of claims 1 through 6, which are all of the claims                
          pending in this application.                                                
               Appellant's invention relates to a hysteresis circuit                  
          which varies a threshold level for inverting the condition of               
          an output of a comparator according to the condition of the                 

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