Ex parte IGARASHI et al. - Page 1




           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           for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 39         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                                     ____________                                     
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                                     ____________                                     
                              Ex parte KATSUJI IGARASHI,                              
                                    JUN YONEMITSU,                                    
                                   YOICHI YAGASAKI,                                   
                                   YASUSHI FUJINAMI,                                  
                             TOMOYUKI SATO, MOTOKI KATO,                              
                                  AND TERUHIKO SUZUKI                                 
                                     ____________                                     
                                 Appeal No. 1998-0884                                 
                              Application No. 08/084,642                              
                                     ____________                                     
                                  HEARD: May 16, 2000                                 
                                     ____________                                     
          Before BARRETT, RUGGIERO, 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 2, 8, 32, 43, 56, and 58.                
          We reverse.                                                                 


                                     BACKGROUND                                       







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