Ex Parte Tsutsumino - Page 1

                              This opinion is not binding precedent of the Board.                          

                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                           
                             BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                            
                                        AND INTERFERENCES                                                  
                           Ex parte MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.                                         
                                            Appeal 2007-4313                                               
                                         Application 10/286,172                                            
                                         Technology Center 1700                                            
                                      Decided:  September 27, 2007                                         
               Before FRED E. McKELVEY, Senior Administrative Patent Judge, and                            
               RICHARD E. SCHAFER and RICHARD TORCZON, Administrative                                      
               Patent Judges.                                                                              
               TORCZON, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                       

                                        DECISION ON APPEAL                                                 
                      The subject matter of the claims on appeal relates to an apparatus and               
               a method for electroplating small plating pieces.  All claims under                         
               consideration stand rejected.  The appellant (Murata) seeks review of some                  
               of the rejections.  We affirm.                                                              

                                              THE CLAIMS                                                   
                      Claims 1-3, 7-11, 14-16, 20, and 21 remain under consideration, other                
               claims having been cancelled or withdrawn from consideration.  Murata has                   
               not presented separate arguments for the claims for the two contested                       

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