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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
United States Patent and Trademark Office 

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APPLICATION NO. | 


FILING DATE 


FIRST NAMED INVENTOR 


| ATTORNEY DOCKET NO. | 


CONFIRMATION NO. 


10/731,907 


12/08/2003 


Gonzalo Amador 


TI-30592.1 


5802 



23494 7590 07/19/2005 EXAMINER 



TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED potter, roy karl 

P O BOX 655474, M/S 3999 

DALLAS, TX 75265 | art unit | paper number 

2822 

DATE MAILED: 07/19/2005 




United States Patent and Trademark Office 



Please find below and/or attached an Office communication concerning this application or proceeding. 



PTO-90C (Rev. 10/03) 



Office Action Summary 


Application No. 

10/731,907 


Applicant(s) 

AMADOR ET AL 


Examiner 

Roy K. Potter 


Art Unit 

2822 





- The MAILING DATE of this communication appears on the cover sheet with the correspondence address - 
Period for Reply 

A SHORTENED STATUTORY PERIOD FOR REPLY IS SET TO EXPIRE 3 MONTH(S) FROM 
THE MAILING DATE OF THIS COMMUNICATION. 

- Extensions of time may be available under the provisions of 37 CFR 1.136(a). In no event, however, may a reply be timely filed 
after SIX (6) MONTHS from the mailing date of this communication. 

• If the period for reply specified above is less than thirty (30) days, a reply within the statutory minimum of thirty (30) days will be considered timely. 

- If NO period for reply is specified above, the maximum statutory period will apply and will expire SIX (6) MONTHS from the mailing date of this communication. 

- Failure to reply within the set or extended period for reply will, by statute, cause the application to become ABANDONED (35 U.S.C. § 133). ( 
Any reply received by the Office later than three months after the mailing date of this communication, even if timely filed, may reduce any 

earned patent term adjustment. See 37 CFR 1.704(b). 

Status 

1)D Responsive to communication(s) filed on . 

2a)D This action is FINAL. 2b)S This action is non-final. 

3)D Since this application is in condition for allowance except for formal matters, prosecution as to the merits is 
closed in accordance with the practice under Ex parte Quay/e, 1935 CD. 1 1 , 453 O.G. 213. 



is/are withdrawn from consideration. 



Disposition of Claims 

4) S Claim(s) 12-21 is/are pending in the application 

4a) Of the above ciaim(s) 

5) D Claim(s) is/are allowed. 

6) E3 Claim(s) 12-16 and 18-20 is/are rejected. 

7) M Claim(s) 17 and 21 is/are objected to. 

8) D Claim(s) are subject to restriction and/or election requirement. 

Application Papers 

9) D The specification is objected to by the Examiner. 

10) D The drawing(s) filed on is/are: a)D accepted or b)D objected to by the Examiner. 

Applicant may not request that any objection to the drawing(s) be held in abeyance. See 37 CFR 1.85(a). 
Replacement drawing sheet(s) including the correction is required if the drawing(s) is objected to. See 37 CFR 1.121(d). 

1 1) D The oath or declaration is objected to by the Examiner. Note the attached Office Action or form PTO-152. 

Priority under 35 U.S.C. § 119 

12) D Acknowledgment is made of a claim for foreign priority under 35 U.S.C. § 119(a)-(d) or (f). 
a)D All b)D Some * c)D None of: 

1 .□ Certified copies of the priority documents have been received. 

2.D Certified copies of the priority documents have been received in Application No. . 



3.D Copies of the certified copies of the priority documents have been received in this National Stage 
application from the International Bureau (PCT Rule 17.2(a)). 
See the attached detailed Office action for a list of the certified copies not received. 



Attachment(s) 

1 ) S Notice of References Cited (PTO-892) 

2) O Notice of Draftsperson's Patent Drawing Review (PTO-948) 

3) □ Information Disclosure Statement(s) (PTO-1449 or PTO/SB/08) 

Paper No(s)/Mail Date . 



4) □ Interview Summary (PTO-413) 

Paper No(s)/Mail Date. . 

5) O Notice of Informal Patent Application (PTO-1 52) 

6) □ Other: . 



U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 
PTOL-326 (Rev. 1-04) 



Office Action Summary 



Part of Paper No./Mail Date 20050712 



Application/Control Number: 1 0/731 ,907 Page 2 

Art Unit: 2822 

DETAILED ACTION 
Claim Rejections - 35 USC § 103 

The following is a quotation of 35 U.S.C. 103(a) which forms the basis for all 

obviousness rejections set forth in this Office action: 

(a) A patent may not be obtained though the invention is not identically disclosed or described as set 
forth in section 102 of this title, if the differences between the subject matter sought to be patented and 
the prior art are such that the subject matter as a whole would have been obvious at the time the 
invention was made to a person having ordinary skill in the art to which said subject matter pertains. 
Patentability shall not be negatived by the manner in which the invention was made. 

Claims 12-16, 18-20 are rejected under 35 U.S.C. 103(a) as being 
unpatentable over Sakaguchi in view of Chen. 

Sakaguchi, U.S. Patent No. 6337,030 discloses a wafer processing apparatus 
and wafer processing method. As show in Figure 2, the method of wafer processing 
includes the steps of supporting wafers 40 with a plurality of rollers 1 1 . The rollers 1 1 
rotate the wafers as explained in column 5, line 10. The wafers 40 and rollers 1 1 are 
immersed in a wafer-processing bath 10. As described in column 4, line 45, processing 
solution is supplied to the bottom portion of the wafer processing bath 10 through supply 
pipe 21b. Discharge pipe 21a, shown at eh top of the bath removes processing 
solution. Sakaguchi does not disclose that plating solution is a wafer processing 
solution that is used in a bath processing of wafers. 

Chen, U.S. Patent No. 6,81 1 ,675, discloses a method for electrolytic ally 
depositing copper on a semiconductor work piece. As described in column 4, beginning 
on line 64, a semiconductor is processed with an alkaline electrolytic copper bath. 
Example 1, beginning on column 9, describes the plating of wafers using such a bath. 



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Art Unit: 2822 

It would have been obvious to use the bath of Chen in the wafer processing 
apparatus of Sakaguchi as Chen discloses that this is a wafer-processing bath, and 
Sakaguchi teaches that the apparatus can be used to immerse wafers in wafer 
processing baths. 

Allowable Subject Matter 

Claims 17 and 21 are objected to as being dependent upon a rejected base 
claim, but would be allowable if rewritten in independent form including all of the 
limitations of the base claim and any intervening claims. 

The prior art does not teach or suggest the recited step of swinging one of the 
rollers out of position in order to load a wafer. 

Conclusion 

Any inquiry concerning this communication or earlier communications from the 
examiner should be directed to Roy K. Potter whose telephone number is 308 - 4106. 
The examiner can normally be reached on M-F. 



Application/Control Number: 10/731,907 Page 4 

Art Unit: 2822 

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Roy K Potter 
Primary Examiner 
Art Unit 2822 .