Ex parte OTA et al. - Page 1

          The opinion in support of the decision being entered today was not written for
                   publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.             

                                                            Paper No. 31              

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
                                Ex parte TAKAAKI OTA                                  
                                    MARK SCHAFFER                                     
                                Appeal No. 1998-1325                                  
                             Application No. 08/027,783                               
                               HEARD: OCTOBER 12, 2000                                

          Before HAIRSTON, BARRY, and LEVY, Administrative Patent                     
          HAIRSTON, Administrative Patent Judge.                                      

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               This is an appeal from the final rejection of claims                   
          1 through 58.                                                               
               The disclosed invention relates to a method and apparatus              
          for use in a video compression system that detects linear                   

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