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                         The opinion in support of the decision being                 
                       entered today is not binding precedent of the Board.           
          Paper 14                                                                    
          Filed by:  Trial Section Merits Panel                                       
          Box Interference                                                            
          Washington, D.C.  20231                                                     
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                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                       
                                   _______________                                    
                         BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                           
                                  AND INTERFERENCES                                   
                                   _______________                                    
               HANS-JOCHEN LANG, ANDREAS WEICHERT, JAN-ROBERT SCHWARK,                
                    WOLFGANG SCHOLZ, UDO ALBUS and PETER CRAUSE,                      
                                    Junior Party,                                     
                                (Patent 5,852,046),                                   
                                         v.                                           
                   MASAHUMI KITANO, KASUHIRO NAKANO, HIDEKI YAGI,                     
                 NAOHITO OHASHI, ATSUYUKI KOJIMA, TSUYOSHI NOGUCHI,                   
                                and AKIRA MIYAGISHI,                                  
                                    Senior Party                                      
                              (Application 08/544,292).                               
                                   _______________                                    
                           Patent Interference No. 104,487                            
                                   _______________                                    
          Before:  McKELVEY, Senior Administrative Patent Judge, and                  
          SCHAFER and LEE, Administrative Patent Judges.                              

          McKELVEY, Senior Administrative Patent Judge.                               

                         JUDGMENT PURSUANT TO 37 CFR  1.640                          
               A telephone conference call was held on 15 March 2000, at              
          approximately 9:30 a.m. (0930 hours, Eastern Time), involving:              






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