Ex parte AKUTSU 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             for publication in a law journal and is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 25         
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                                     ____________                                     
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                                     ____________                                     
                          Ex parte EIICHI AKUTSU, HIROH SOGA,                         
                                  and SHIGEHITO ANDO                                  
                                     ____________                                     
                                 Appeal No. 1998-2142                                 
                              Application No. 08/125,189                              
                                     ____________                                     
                               HEARD: November 14, 2000                               
                                     ____________                                     
          Before BARRETT, FLEMING, and BARRY, Administrative Patent                   
          Judges.                                                                     
          BARRY, Administrative Patent Judge.                                         



                                  DECISION ON APPEAL                                  
               This is a decision on appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from                
          the  rejection of claims 3-10, 12, 13, and 15-33.  We reverse.              


                                     BACKGROUND                                       
               The invention at issue in this appeal relates to thermal               
          fixing.  Thermal fixing is employed in copying machines,                    
          printers, and facsimile machines.  A heating roller is                      







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