Ex parte SATO 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                 (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 55                                 

                                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                        
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                                             BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                         
                                                            AND INTERFERENCES                                                                           
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                                                       Ex parte KENICHI SATO,                                                                           
                                                              HIDEHITO MUKAI                                                                            
                                                          and NOBUHIRO SHIBUTA                                                                          
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                                                          Appeal No. 1999-1462                                                                          
                                                        Application 08/747,881                                                                          
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                                                           HEARD: MAY 4, 2000                                                                           
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                 Before JERRY SMITH, RUGGIERO and LALL, Administrative Patent                                                                           
                 Judges.                                                                                                                                
                 LALL, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                                     

                                                           DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                           
                          This is a decision on appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from                                                                       
                 the Examiner's final rejection  of claims 1 to 3 and 5 to 7.1                                                                                

                          1This is an appeal from the last final rejection (paper                                                                       
                 no. 38).  An amendment after the final rejection was filed as                                                                          
                 paper no. 40 canceling claim 19, and was approved for entry                                                                            
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