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                                 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                                         (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 36                        

                              UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                  
                                   BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                    
                                               AND INTERFERENCES                                                         
                                         Ex parte RANDALL D. HAMPSHIRE                                                   
                                                Appeal No. 1998-0821                                                     
                                                Application 08/175,319                                                   
                                                      ON BRIEF                                                           

              Before HAIRSTON, KRASS and FLEMING,  Administrative Patent Judges.                                         

              FLEMING, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                      

                                               DECISION ON APPEAL                                                        

                     This is a decision on appeal from the final rejection of claims 20 and 21, all of the               
              claims pending in the present application.   Claims 1 through 19 have been canceled.                       
                     The invention relates to data storage systems employing rotating media, and more                    
              particularly to operating systems for controlling plural operations of disc drive systems.                 
                     Independent claim 20 is reproduced as follows:                                                      


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