Ex Parte Guler et al - Page 1

                    The opinion in support of the decision being entered today was not written                                
                    for publication in a law journal and is not binding precedent of the Board.                               

                             UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                        
                                   BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                         
                                                 AND INTERFERENCES                                                            
                     Ex parte KEMAL GULER, TONGWEI LIU, and HSIU-KHUERN TANG                                                  
                                                     Appeal 2006-3156                                                         
                                                  Application 09/904,311                                                      
                                                  Technology Center 1700                                                      
                                                         ON BRIEF                                                             
                  Before ANITA PELLMAN GROSS, STUART S. LEVY, and ROBERT E.                                                   
                  NAPPI, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                                        
                  GROSS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                         

                                              STATEMENT OF THE CASE                                                           
                         Guler, Liu, and Tang (Appellants) appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from                                  
                  the Examiner's final rejection of claims 22 through 47, which are all of the                                
                  claims pending in this application.                                                                         
                         Appellants' invention relates to a method and system for determining                                 
                  risk attitudes and private information of bidders in an auction.  Claim 22 is                               
                  illustrative of the claimed invention, and it reads as follows:                                             

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