Ex Parte Yang et al - 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                          for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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 MENGSU YANG, CHEUK W. LI,                                                   
                                         and JUN YANG                                                            
                                        Appeal 2006-2654                                                         
                                     Application 10/100,276                                                      
                                     Technology Center 1600                                                      
                                           ON BRIEF                                                              
              Before GRIMES, LINCK, and LEBOVITZ, Administrative Patent Judges.                                  
              LEBOVITZ, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                             
                                     DECISION ON APPEAL                                                          
                   Appellants appeal from a final rejection of claims 1-8 under 35 U.S.C.                        
               102(b).  We have jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C.  134(a).  We reverse.                             
                                     STATEMENT OF CASE                                                           
                   The claims in this appeal are directed to a microfluidic device for “on-                      
              chip monitoring of cellular reactions.”  The devices can also be referred to as                    
              “chips.”  Microfluidic devices comprise microchannels which carry fluid                            
              streams through their passageways.  Specification [0014].  The                                     
              microchannels are scaled to accommodate cells.  According to the                                   

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