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               for publication in a law journal and is not binding precedent of the Board.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                                          
            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.                                   

                  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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