Ex parte BATES 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           for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 12         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                                Ex parte CARY L. BATES                                
                                  and EDWIN E. BURRIS                                 
                                 Appeal No. 1998-1388                                 
                              Application No. 08/357,678                              
                                       ON BRIEF                                       
          Before HAIRSTON, KRASS, 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 1, 2, 4-8, and 10-22.  We                

               A graphical user interface creates a window on the                     
          display screen of a computer each time a computer program is                
          started.  A user interacts with the program through its                     

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