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           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                     publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 17         
                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                        
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                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                    
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                             Ex parte CHARLES M. WATKINS                               
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                                 Appeal No. 1998-2260                                  
                             Application No. 08/535,685                                
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                                       ON BRIEF                                        
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          Before KRASS, BARRETT and LALL, Administrative Patent Judges.                
          LALL, Administrative Patent Judge.                                           


                                  DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
          This is a decision on the appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134                       
          from the final rejection of claims 1 to 5 and 14 to 28.                      
          Claims 6 to 13 have been canceled.                                           
               The invention relates to a method of aligning substrates                
          in a flat panel display.  The display is a field emission                    
          display (FED) that has a faceplate anode and a cathode with a                
          large number of electron emitting microtips.  The invention                  
          uses a light beam to align openings in the substrates, rather                








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