Ex parte MAEDA et al. - Page 1

                    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               written for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding        
               precedent of the Board.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. 24         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                    Ex parte FUMISADA MAEDA and YOSHINORI MATSUMOTO                   
                                 Appeal No. 1997-2852                                 
                              Application No. 08/354,454                              
                                       ON BRIEF1                                      
          Before HAIRSTON, LALL, 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 2 through 4, which are all of the claims                
          pending in this application.                                                
               Appellants' invention relates to a magneto-optical disc                
          apparatus in which the magnetic field generating means is                   

               We observe that on March 24, 2000 (paper no. 23), appellants filed a1                                                                     
          waiver of the oral hearing set for April 7, 2000.                           

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