Ex Parte Tanaka - 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               written for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.     
                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                      
                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                          
                                   AND INTERFERENCES                                  
                                Ex parte SHINOBU TANAKA                               
                                 Appeal No. 2005-1510                                 
                              Application No. 09/883,279                              
                                       ON BRIEF                                       
          Before FRANKFORT, PATE, and McQUADE, Administrative Patent Judges.          
          FRANKFORT, Administrative Patent Judge.                                     

                                  DECISION ON APPEAL                                  
          This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's final                      
          rejection of claims 1 and 2.  Claims 3 through 9, the only other            
          claims in the application, stand allowed.                                   
               As noted on page 1 of the specification, appellant’s                   
          invention relates to a load handling apparatus for a                        
          counterbalance type forklift in which actions of lifting and                
          lowering a fork, and tilting a mast are conducted by means of a             
          single operating lever for handling a load.  The load handling              
          apparatus is configured so as to prevent the action condition               
          from being suddenly changed by an erroneous operation, thereby              

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