Ex parte NISHIMURA et al. - 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               for publication in a law journal and is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 35             
                            UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                    
                                              ____________                                               
                                BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                       
                                           AND INTERFERENCES                                             
                                              ____________                                               
                              Ex parte AKIRA NISHIMURA, SUNAO OGAWA,                                     
                                   YASUO YAMADA and AKIRA KANUMA                                         
                                              ____________                                               
                                         Appeal No. 1997-2983                                            
                                     Application No. 08/482,792                                          
                                              ____________                                               
                                      HEARD: September 14, 2000                                          
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            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 1-4 and 6-14.  We affirm-in-part.                                   


                                              BACKGROUND                                                 
                  The invention at issue in this appeal is a single chip                                 
            microcomputer (MCU) featuring a system bus (SYSBUS), a                                       
            dedicated data bus (SDBUS), and a bank address bus (BABUS).                                  
            The SYSBUS is used to transfer normal addresses and data.  The                               






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