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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          (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 29              

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                                    _____________                                     
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
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                               Ex parte TAKAO NAKAMURA                                
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                                Appeal No. 1997-3031                                  
                             Application No. 08/411,509                               
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                                 HEARD:  May 4, 2000                                  
                                   _______________                                    

          Before JOHN D. SMITH, OWENS and LIEBERMAN, 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                 
          examiner's final rejection of claims 1, 3 through 5, and 8                  
          through 11.                                                                 
               Claim 1 is representative and is reproduced below:                     

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