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                            The opinion in support of the decision being entered today was not                                                                      
                   written for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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 KALIPATNAM V. RAO                                                                           
                                                                      Appeal No. 1997-3688                                                                          
                                                         Application 08/113,887                                                                                     
                                                                   ON BRIEF                                                                                         
                   Before KRASS, FLEMING, and GROSS,  Administrative Patent Judges.                                                                                 

                   FLEMING, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                                            

                                                                     DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                             

                            This is an decision on appeal from the final rejection of claims 27, 31 and 32.  Claims                                                 
                   1 through 21 have been withdrawn from consideration.  Claims 22, 24 through 26, 28 and 29 have                                                   
                   been allowed.                                                                                                                                    
                            The invention relates to semiconductor LOCOS isolation methods and regions.                                                             
                            Independent claim 27 is reproduced as follows:                                                                                          

                            1Claim 30 depends from allowed claim 28.  Neither the Appellant's brief or                                                              
                   Examiner's answer discusses the status of this calim.                                                                                            

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