Ex parte LE VAN SUU - Page 1




             The opinion in support of the decision being entered today was not written
             for publication in a law journal and is not binding precedent of the Board.
                                                                 Paper No. 22         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
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                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
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                          Ex parte MAURICE GILBERT LE VAN SUU                         
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                                 Appeal No. 1998-1105                                 
                              Application No. 08/300,599                              
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                                       ON BRIEF                                       
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          Before KRASS, FLEMING, and BARRY, Administrative Patent Judges.             
          BARRY, Administrative Patent Judge.                                         



                                  DECISION ON APPEAL                                  
               This is a decision on appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from                
          the  rejection of claims 1-7 and 13-16.  We reverse.                        


                                     BACKGROUND                                       
               The invention at issue in this appeal relates to error                 
          detection and correction of messages transmitted in a home                  
          automation system.  Such a system features controllers and                  
          appliances to be controlled (e.g., televisions, refrigerators)              
          distributed over the power lines or mains of a home.  Messages              





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