Ex parte KAWAMURA - Page 1

               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               written for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 16         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                             Ex parte J. PATRICK KAWAMURA                             
                                 Appeal No. 1997-3936                                 
                              Application No. 08/449,409                              
                                       ON BRIEF                                       
          Before HAIRSTON, JERRY SMITH, and GROSS, Administrative Patent              
          GROSS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                         

                                  DECISION ON APPEAL                                  
               This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's final                 
          rejection of claims 1 through 16 and 18, which are all of the               
          claims pending in this application.                                         
               Appellant's invention relates to a voltage generator for               
          biasing a semiconductor chip substrate.  Claim 13 is                        
          illustrative of the claimed invention, and it reads as                      

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