Ex parte CARLSON et al. - 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             for publication in a law journal and is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 18         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                        Ex parte BRUCE J. CARLSON, ALAN N. MOE,                       
                                  and DAVID H. PIXLEY                                 
                                 Appeal No. 1998-1445                                 
                              Application No. 08/489,680                              
                                       ON BRIEF                                       
          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 9-11, 13-20, and 22-25.  We reverse.               

               The invention at issue in this appeal relates to coaxial               
          cables.  Coaxial cables are used to transmit cable television               
          (CATV) signals to subscribers.  More specifically, coaxial                  
          drop cables from the last link in a CATV system transfer CATV               

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