Ex parte SAITO et al. - 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          publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 21                
                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
                               Ex parte MAKOTO SAITO,                                 
                                   SYUJI HAGIHARA                                     
                                 and HIROKI NAKAYAMA                                  
                                Appeal No. 1998-2775                                  
                               Application 08/574,544                                 
                                 HEARD: May 3, 2000                                   

          Before MCCANDLISH, Senior Administrative Patent Judge, STAAB                
          and GONZALES, Administrative Patent Judges.                                 
          MCCANDLISH, Senior Administrative Patent Judge.                             

                                DECISION ON APPEAL                                    

               This is a decision on an appeal from the examiner’s                    
          final rejection of claims 5 through 11.  The rejection of                   
          claim 11 as set forth in the final office action (Paper No.                 
          6 mailed April 17, 1997) has not been carried forward and                   
          restated in the examiner’s answer (Paper No. 13, mailed                     


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