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             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             for publication in a law journal and is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 16         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
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                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
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                       Ex parte TSUEN-HSI LIU, DEMETRI PSALTIS,                       
                               FAI H. MOK, and GAN ZHOU                               
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                                 Appeal No. 1998-1472                                 
                              Application No. 08/427,721                              
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                                       ON BRIEF                                       
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          Before HAIRSTON, KRASS, 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 1-5, 34, 35, 96-99, 101, 106-110,                  
          114-116, 142-144, 151-153, 164-166, 168, 171 and 174-178.  We               
          affirm-in-part.                                                             


                                     BACKGROUND                                       
               The invention at issue in this appeal relates to optical               
          disk storage.  Typically, 650 MB of data can be stored on a                 






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