Ex parte GAINEY 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          (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 31              

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
                              Ex parte TREVOR C. GAINEY                               
                                  and NIKO MIAOULIS                                   
                                Appeal No. 1997-3155                                  
                               Application 08/424,828                                 
                                      ON BRIEF                                        

          Before THOMAS, HAIRSTON, and GROSS, Administrative Patent                   
          HAIRSTON, Administrative Patent Judge.                                      

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               This is an appeal from the final rejection of claims 1                 
          through 12 and 18 through 28.                                               
               The disclosed invention relates to a composite lead frame              
          in a semiconductor device assembly.  The lead frame has a                   
          plurality of lead fingers that extend in the direction of a                 

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