Ex parte CHEN et al. - Page 1

                             THIS OPINION WAS NOT WRITTEN FOR PUBLICATION                                                 
              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              publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 10                        
                               UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                  
                                    BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                    
                                                AND INTERFERENCES                                                         
                                    Ex parte JAMES C. CHEN and LIN SUNG HUI                                               
                                                Appeal No. 1998-1601                                                      
                                              Application No. 08/679,595                                                  
                                                       ON BRIEF                                                           
              Before KRASS, BARRETT and DIXON,  Administrative Patent Judges.                                             
              KRASS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                         

                                                DECISION ON APPEAL                                                        
                     This is a decision on appeal from the final rejection of claims 1 through 7, all of the              
              claims in the application.                                                                                  
                     The invention is directed to a method for scanning small documents, e.g., business                   
              cards, by using a card reading kit.  The card reading kit comprises a plastic board with a                  
              plurality of blocks into which the small documents are inserted.  All of the small documents                
              are scanned together and a master image file is generated and then processed by using a                     


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