Ex parte PETERSON - 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            written for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 20        
                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
                             Ex parte JAMES R. PETERSON                               
                                Appeal No. 1999-0263                                  
                             Application No. 08/517,902                               
                                      ON BRIEF                                        
            Before KRASS, RUGGIERO and DIXON, Administrative Patent                   

            KRASS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                       

                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                   

                 This is a decision on appeal from the final rejection                
            of claims 1-26, all of the claims pending.                                

                 The invention is directed to computer methods and                    
            apparatus for computing reciprocals and performing divide                 
            operations.  More particularly, an estimated reciprocal                   

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