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                             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              publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 20                        
                               UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                  
                                   BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                     
                                                AND INTERFERENCES                                                         
                                               Ex parte TOSHIYA SATO                                                      
                                                Appeal No. 1998-1644                                                      
                                              Application No. 08/494,516                                                  
                                                       ON BRIEF                                                           
              Before KRASS, JERRY SMITH and BARRETT,  Administrative Patent Judges.                                       
              KRASS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                         

                                                DECISION ON APPEAL                                                        
                     This is a decision on appeal from the final rejection of claims 1 through 8, all of the              
              claims pending in the application.                                                                          
                     The invention is directed to the detection of a rotation angle of a crankshaft of an                 
              engine.  More specifically, a magnetic sensor outputs a signal in accordance with the                       
              passing of teeth in only a specified range of the ring gear.  That range is set so as not                   


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