Ex parte NAKANO - 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          publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 37           
                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                 AND INTERFERENCES                                    
                               Ex parte TAKASHI NAKANO                                
                                Appeal No. 1998-1968                                  
                               Application 08/425,293                                 
                                 HEARD: May 1, 2000                                   

          Before COHEN, MCQUADE, and BAHR, Administrative Patent Judges.              
          MCQUADE, Administrative Patent Judge.                                       

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   

               Takashi Nakano appeals from the final rejection of claims              
          1 through 15, all of the claims pending in the application.                 

               The invention relates to “a rear body structure of a                   
          vehicle such as an automobile of the so-called hatch-back type              
          which has a door at a rear end surface thereof”                             


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