Ex parte HARDEE - Page 1




           The opinion in support of the decision being entered today was not written for
                     publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.           
                                                                 Paper No. 42         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
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                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
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                                Ex parte KIM C. HARDEE                                
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                                 Appeal No. 1998-1657                                 
                              Application No. 08/674,282                              
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                                       ON BRIEF                                       
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          Before KRASS, BARRETT, and BARRY, Administrative Patent Judges.             
          BARRY, Administrative Patent Judge.                                         




                                  DECISION ON APPEAL                                  
               This is a decision on the appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134                 
          from the rejection of claims 5-7, 20-26, and 28-39.  We                     
          reverse.                                                                    


                                     BACKGROUND                                       
               The invention at issue in this appeal is a sense                       
          amplifier for use in an integrated circuit (IC) memory.  An IC              
          memory includes many memory cells, which are arranged in rows               






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