Ex parte GLASS - Page 1

                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              today was not written for publication and is not binding                
                               precedent of the Board.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                       
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
                              Ex parte RICHARD J. GLASS                               
                                Appeal No. 1998-2879                                  
                             Application No. 08/474,856                               
                                      ON BRIEF                                        

          Before HAIRSTON, BARRETT, and LALL, Administrative Patent                   
          HAIRSTON, Administrative Patent Judge.                                      

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               This is an appeal from the final rejection of claims                   
          1 through 14 and 18 through 20.                                             
               The disclosed invention relates to a distributed                       
          buffering arrangement in which a buffer circuit that is                     
          functionally independent from a functional circuit, and that                
          resides on the same microcircuit as the functional circuit                  


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