Ex parte YOTSUYA - Page 1

                                                       Paper No. 20                   

               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          (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.                                  

                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                           BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                         
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                                Ex parte MICHIO YOTSUYA                               
                                   Appeal No. 1997-3476                               
                              Application 08/341,149                                  
                              ON BRIEF                                                
          Before THOMAS, HAIRSTON and RUGGIERO, Administrative Patent                 
          THOMAS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                        
                                   DECISION ON APPEAL                                 
               Appellant has appealed to the Board from the examiner's                
          final rejection of claims 1, 3, 4, 6 and 11 through 15, appellant           
          having canceled claims 2, 5 and 7 through 10.                               
               Representative claim 1 is reproduced below:                            
               1.  A flying type head slider having a rear surface which              
          faces a recording surface of a magnetic disk comprising:                    
               a center rail formed on the rear surface of said slider,               
          said center rail having a regularly rectangular shape with                  

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