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                    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           for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 20         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                                     ____________                                     
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                                     ____________                                     
                         Ex parte AKIO MURATA, HIDEAKI MUKAE,                         
                                   TAKAAKI MAEGAWA,                                   
                                 MASARU HIGASHIONJI,                                  
                                 and TOSHIHARU OKADA                                  
                                     ____________                                     
                                 Appeal No. 1998-0158                                 
                              Application No. 08/427,587                              
                                     ____________                                     
                                 HEARD: April 6, 2000                                 
                                     ____________                                     
          Before THOMAS, FLEMING, 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 10-12.  We reverse.                      












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