Ex parte LEE - 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          (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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 CHING-YING LEE                                
                                Appeal No. 1997-3489                                  
                               Application 08/430,467                                 
                                      ON BRIEF                                        

          Before HAIRSTON, SMITH, JERRY and LALL, Administrative Patent               
          HAIRSTON, Administrative Patent Judge.                                      

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               This is an appeal from the final rejection of claims                   
          1 through 15.                                                               
               The disclosed invention relates to a method for                        
          inspecting a silicon substrate of a semiconductor device for                
          aluminum spiking.                                                           


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