Ex parte CHISHOLM 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          not binding precedent of the Board.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. 17              
                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
                         Ex parte DOUGLAS RODERICK CHISHOLM,                          
                            and ANDREW BOYCE MCNEILL, JR.                             
                                Appeal No. 1997-3239                                  
                               Application 08/312,854                                 
                                      ON BRIEF                                        
          Before BARRETT, FLEMING, and GROSS, Administrative Patent                   
          FLEMING, Administrative Patent Judge.                                       

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               This is a decision on appeal from the final rejection of               
          claims 1 and 3 through 6, all of the claims pending in the                  
          present application.  Claim 2 has been canceled.                            
               The invention relates to a high performance serial cable               
          bus having automatic acyclic configuration devices in a star                
          configuration with dual controllers, and a switching device                 


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