Ex parte NAKASUJI et al. - Page 1

                                                       Paper No. 19                   

               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          (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.                                  

                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                           BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                         
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                              Ex parte MASATAKA NAKASUJI,                             
                             SHOICHI KAWAI, YOSHIRO KIHARA,                           
                           JUNICHI SAITOU and YOUKO NISHIOKA                          
                                   Appeal No. 1998-0641                               
                              Application 08/354,158                                  
                              HEARD: APRIL 17, 2000                                   
          Before THOMAS, JERRY SMITH and BARRY, Administrative Patent                 
          THOMAS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                        
                                   DECISION ON APPEAL                                 

               Appellants have appealed to the Board from the examiner's              
          final rejection of claims 1 and 3 through 24, which constitute              
          all the claims remaining in the application.                                
               Representative claim 1 is reproduced below:                            
               1.  An electronic apparatus for maintaining confidentiality            

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