Ex parte HWANG et al. - Page 2




                 Appeal No. 1998-1096                                                                                                                   
                 Application No. 08/415,399                                                                                                             


                 can cause charge bursts and signal upsets.  Appellants                                                                                 
                 indicate at pages 2 and 3 of the specification that this                                                                               
                 protection takes the form of a thermal neutron absorbing layer                                                                         
                 provided either on the integrated circuit itself, or included                                                                          
                 on the walls of the integrated circuit container.                                                                                      
                          Claim 5 is illustrative of the invention and reads as                                                                         
                 follows:                                                                                                                               
                          5.  An integrated circuit, comprising:                                                                                        
                                   (a) a substrate containing devices at a surface;                                                                     
                                   (b) a layer containing thermal neutron absorbers                                                                     
                          over said surface, said layer not packaging material,                                                                         
                                   wherein said thermal neutron absorbers reduce                                                                        
                 incident                   thermal neutrons by a factor of about 2 or more.                                                            

                          The Examiner relies on the following prior art:                                                                               
                 Cannella et al. (Cannella)                            4,691,243                           Sep. 01, 1987                                
                 Sugawara                      64-289521                                                                          Jan. 31, 1989                                
                 (Published Japanese Kokai Patent Application)                                                                                          
                          Claims 8-10 stand finally rejected under the second                                                                           
                 paragraph of 35 U.S.C.  112 as being indefinite for failure                                                                           
                 to particularly point out and distinctly claim the invention.                                                                          

                          1A copy of a translation provided by the U.S. Patent &                                                                        
                 Trademark Office, March 1998, is included and relied upon for                                                                          
                 this decision.                                                                                                                         
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