Ex parte KAWASAKI et al. - Page 1




                          THIS OPINION WAS NOT WRITTEN FOR PUBLICATION                 
          The opinion in support of the decision entered today (1) was not written for publication
          in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.              
                                                                   Paper No. 18        
                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                        
                                  __________________                                   
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                            
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                    
                                  __________________                                   
                       Ex parte ATSUSHI KAWASAKI, KOHEI EGUCHI,                        
                         KATSUKI HAZAMA, and FUMITAKA SUGAYA                           
                                  __________________                                   
                                 Appeal No. 1998-3043                                  
                               Application 08/667,5871                                 
                                   ________________                                    
                                       ON BRIEF                                        
                                   ________________                                    
          Before McKELVEY, Senior Administrative Patent Judge, and                     
          LEE and MEDLEY, Administrative Patent Judges.                                
          LEE, Administrative Patent Judge.                                            
                                  DECISION ON APPEAL                                   
               This is a decision on appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from                 
          the examiner’s rejection of appellants’ claims 7-10, 12-17,                  
          and 25-35.  Claims 18-24 have been withdrawn from                            
          consideration and claims 1-6 and 11 have been canceled.  No                  
          claim has been allowed.                                                      
                         References relied on by the Examiner                          
          Tanaka et al. (Tanaka)   U.S. Patent 5,290,725     March 1, 1994             

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                    Application for patent filed June 24, 1996.   The real             
          party in interest is Nippon Steel Corporation.                               





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