Ex parte NUMATA - 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                    for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 22                        
                                         UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                      
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                                               BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                       
                                                              AND INTERFERENCES                                                                         
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                                                           Ex parte KOHJI NUMATA                                                                        
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                                                           Appeal No. 1997-4047                                                                         
                                                      Application No. 08/309,5081                                                                       
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                                                         HEARD: January 13, 2000                                                                        
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                 Before KRASS, BARRETT, and BARRY, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                                        
                 BARRY, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                                    



                                                             DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                         
                          This is a decision on the appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134                                                                        
                 from the final rejection of claims 1-3.  The appellant filed                                                                           
                 an amendment after final rejection on May 13, 1996, which was                                                                          
                 entered.  We affirm-in-part.                                                                                                           





                          1The application was filed on September 22, 1994.                                                                             





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