Ex parte UTSUMI 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               written for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding        
               precedent of the Board.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. 34         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                       Ex parte MASAHIRO UTSUMI, KUNJI OKAZAKI,                       
                         SHINJI KAWASAKI, and SHINICHI TANAKA                         
                                 Appeal No. 1997-4018                                 
                              Application No. 08/668,716                              
                                       ON BRIEF1                                      
          Before THOMAS, RUGGIERO, 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 13 through 27, which are all of the claims              
          pending in this application.                                                

               We observe that on December 29, 1999 (paper no. 33), appellants filed1                                                                     
          a waiver of the oral hearing set for January 10, 2000.                      

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