Ex parte SMITH 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               written for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding        
               precedent of the Board.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. 8         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                      Ex parte JACK V. SMITH and JESSE M. CARTER                      
                                 Appeal No. 1998-0625                                 
                              Application No. 08/570,605                              
                                       ON BRIEF                                       
          Before HAIRSTON, FLEMING, 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 3, which are all of the claims                
          pending in this application.                                                
               Appellants' invention relates to an emergency auto visual              
          communication system which displays a message to an observer                
          from the interior of a vehicle.  Claim 1 is illustrative of                 
          the claimed invention, and it reads as follows:                             

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