Ex parte BULFER - 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          not binding precedent of the Board.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. 17              

                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                 AND INTERFERENCES                                    
                              Ex parte ANDREW F. BULFER                               
                                Appeal No. 1998-2705                                  
                             Application No. 08/867,773                               
                                      ON BRIEF                                        

          Before HAIRSTON, KRASS and FLEMING, Administrative Patent                   
          FLEMING, Administrative Patent Judge.                                       

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               This is a decision on appeal from the final rejection of               
          claims 1 through 9, all of the claims pending in the present                
          application.  Claims 10 through 18 have been canceled.                      
               The invention relates to a method of providing a speech-               
          based interface to Dual Tone Multi-frequency (DTMF) controlled              


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