Ex parte DIBACHI 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                 publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 17                             
                                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                        
                                             BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                         
                                                            AND INTERFERENCES                                                                           
                                                      Ex parte FARID DIBACHI,                                                                           
                                                        CHARLES S. RICHARDSON                                                                           
                                                           and ARNOLD S. LIPPA                                                                          
                                                          Appeal No. 1998-0743                                                                          
                                                       Application 08/214,1691                                                                          
                                                                    ON BRIEF                                                                            

                 Before URYNOWICZ, KRASS and LALL, Administrative Patent                                                                                
                 URYNOWICZ, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                                

                 Decision on Appeal                                                                                                                     
                 This appeal is from the final rejection of claims 1, 2,                                                                                
                 5, 7-15 and 18-20, all the claims pending in the application.                                                                          
                 The invention pertains to a hearing aid apparatus.  Claim                                                                              
                 1 is illustrative and reads as follows:                                                                                                

                          1    Application for patent filed March 16, 1994.                                                                             

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