Ex parte SEES 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             for publication in a law journal and is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 19         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                 Ex parte MARK WAYNE SEES, WILL RUSS, LEE D. BENGSTON,                
                                and CLINTON A. WAGNER                                 
                                 Appeal No. 1998-1473                                 
                              Application No. 08/493,741                              
                                       ON BRIEF                                       
          Before JERRY SMITH, BARRETT and BARRY, Administrative Patent                
          BARRY, Administrative Patent Judge.                                         

                                  DECISION ON APPEAL                                  
               This is a decision on appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from                
          the  rejection of claims 1-42.  We reverse.                                 

               The invention at issue in this appeal relates to                       
          restoring a telecommunications network in response to a fault               
          therein.  A self-healing network, distributed restoration                   

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