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           for publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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                
          reverse.                                                                    


                                     BACKGROUND                                       
               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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