Ex parte RALEIGH 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               journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 16              
                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                 AND INTERFERENCES                                    
                     Ex parte CARL RALEIGH and WILLIAM C. ROMAN                       
                                Appeal No. 1997-3390                                  
                             Application No. 08/354,384                               
                                      ON BRIEF                                        
          Before JERRY SMITH, FLEMING, and HECKER, Administrative Patent              
          FLEMING, Administrative Patent Judge.                                       
                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               This is a decision on appeal from the rejection of claims              
          8 through 20.  Claims 1 through 7 have been canceled.                       
               Appellants’ invention is generally directed to a method                
          of forming metal layers for attachment to a heat sink in                    
          semiconductor devices and in particular, to flame spraying a                
          heat spreading layer on the back surface of a semiconductor                 
          die.  As disclosed on page 5 of the specification and Figure                


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