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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
United States Patent and Trademark Office 

Address: COMMISSIONER FOR PATENTS 
P.O. Box 1450 

Alexandria, Virginia 223 13- L450 
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NOTICE OF ALLOWANCE AND FEE(S) DUE 



24504 



7590 



01/19/2006 



THOMAS, KAYDEN, HORSTEMEYER & RISLEY, LLP 
100 GALLERIA PARKWAY, NW 
STE 1750 

ATLANTA, GA 30339-5948 



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EXAMINER 



ART UNIT 



DANG, ROBERT TRONG 



PAPER NUMBER 



2838 

DATE MAILED: 01/19/2006 



APPLICATION NO. 



FILING DATE 



FIRST NAMED INVENTOR 



ATTORNEY DOCKET NO. 



CONFIRMATION NO. 



10/735,324 12/12/2003 Sheng-Hua Chen 

TITLE OF INVENTION: INPUT/OUTPUT BUFFER PROTECTION CIRCUIT 



250606-1030 



2265 



APPLN. TYPE 



SMALL ENTITY 



ISSUE FEE 



PUBLICATION FEE 



TOTAL FEE(S) DUE 



DATE DUE 



nonprovisional 



NO 



$1400 



$300 



$1700 



04/19/2006 



THE APPLICATION IDENTIFIED ABOVE HAS BEEN EXAMINED AND IS ALLOWED FOR ISSUANCE AS A PATENT. 
PROSECUTION ON THE MERITS IS CLOSED . THIS NOTICE OF ALLOWANCE IS NOT A GRANT OF PATENT RIGHTS. 
THIS APPLICATION IS SUBJECT TO WITHDRAWAL FROM ISSUE AT THE INITIATIVE OF THE OFFICE OR UPON 
PETITION BY THE APPLICANT. SEE 37 CFR 1.313 AND MPEP 1308. 

THE ISSUE FEE AND PUBLICATION FEE (IF REQUIRED) MUST BE PAID WITHIN THREE MONTHS FROM THE 
MAILING DATE OF THIS NOTICE OR THIS APPLICATION SHALL BE REGARDED AS ABANDONED. THIS 
STATUTORY PERIOD CANNOT BE EXTENDED . SEE 35 U.S.C. 151. THE ISSUE FEE DUE INDICATED ABOVE 
REFLECTS A CREDIT FOR ANY PREVIOUSLY PAID ISSUE FEE APPLIED IN THIS APPLICATION. THE PTOL-85B (OR 
AN EQUIVALENT) MUST BE RETURNED WITHIN THIS PERIOD EVEN IF NO FEE IS DUE OR THE APPLICATION WILL 
BE REGARDED AS ABANDONED. 



HOW TO REPLY TO THIS NOTICE: 

I. Review the SMALL ENTITY status shown above. 

If the SMALL ENTITY is shown as YES, verify your current 
SMALL ENTITY status: 

A. If the status is the same, pay the TOTAL FEE(S) DUE shown 
above. 

B. If the status above is to be removed, check box 5b on Part B - 
Fee(s) Transmittal and pay the PUBLICATION FEE (if required) 
and twice the amount of the ISSUE FEE shown above, or 



If the SMALL ENTITY is shown as NO: 



A. Pay TOTAL FEE(S) DUE shown above, or 

B. If applicant claimed SMALL ENTITY status before, or is now 
claiming SMALL ENTITY status, check box 5a on Part B - Fee(s) 
Transmittal and pay the PUBLICATION FEE (if required) and 1/2 
the ISSUE FEE shown above. 



II. PART B - FEE(S) TRANSMITTAL should be completed and returned to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) with 
your ISSUE FEE and PUBLICATION FEE (if required). Even if the fee(s) have already been paid, Part B - Fee(s) Transmittal should be 
completed and returned. If you are charging the fee(s) to your deposit account, section "4b" of Part B - Fee(s) Transmittal should be 
completed and an extra copy of the form should be submitted. 

III. All communications regarding this application must give the application number. Please direct all communications prior to issuance to 
Mail Stop ISSUE FEE unless advised to the contrary. 

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Utility patents issuing on applications filed on or after Dec 12, 1980 may require payment of 
maintenance fees. It is patentee's responsibility to ensure timely payment of maintenance fees when due. 



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PART B - FEE(S) TRANSMITTAL 



Complete and send this form, together with applicable fee(s), to: Mail 



or Fax 



Mail Stop ISSUE FEE 
Commissioner for Patents 
P.O. Box 1450 

Alexandria, Virginia 22313-1450 
(571) 273-2885 



INSTRUCTIONS : This form should be used for transmitting the ISSUE FEE and PUBLICATION FEE (if required). Blocks 1 through 5 should be completed where 
appropriate. All further correspondence including the Patent, advance orders and notification of maintenance fees will be mailed to the current correspondence address as 
indicated unless corrected below or directed otherwise in Block 1, by (a) specifying a new correspondence address; and/or (b) indicating a separate "FEE ADDRESS" for 
maintenance fee notifications. 



CURRENT CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS (Note: Use Block 1 for any change of address) 



24504 



7590 



01/19/2006 



THOMAS, KAYDEN, HORSTEMEYER & RISLEY, LLP 
100 GALLERIA PARKWAY, NW 
STE 1750 

ATLANTA, GA 30339-5948 



Note: A certificate of mailing can only be used for domestic mailings of the 
Fee(s) Transmittal. This certificate cannot be used for any other accompanying 

Eapers. Each additional paper, such as an assignment or formal drawing, must 
ave its own certificate of mailing or transmission. 

Certificate of Mailing or Transmission 
I hereby certify that this Feefs) Transmittal is being deposited with the United 
States Postal Service with sufficient postage for first class mail in an envelope 
addressed to the Mail Stop ISSUE FEE address above, or being facsimile 
transmitted to the USPTO ($71) 273-2885, on the date indicated below. 



(Depositor's name) 



(Signature) 



(Date) 



APPLICATION NO. 



FILING DATE 



FIRST NAMED INVENTOR 



ATTORNEY DOCKET NO. CONFIRMATION NO. 



10/735,324 12/12/2003 Sheng-Hua Chen 

TITLE OF INVENTION: INPUT/OUTPUT BUFFER PROTECTION CIRCUIT 



250606-1030 



2265 



| APPLN. TYPE \ SMALL ENTITY ( 


ISSUE FEE 


j PUBLICATION FEE 


j TOTAL FEE(S) DUE j 


DATE DUE | 


nonprovisional NO 


$1400 


$300 


$1700 


04/19/2006 


| EXAMINER I 


ART UNIT 


CLASS-SUBCLASS 


i 




DANG, ROBERT TRONG 


2838 


361-056000 







1 . Change of correspondence address or indication of "Fee Address" (3 7 
CFR 1 .363). 

Q Change of correspondence address (or Change of Correspondence 
Address form PTO/SB/122) attached. 

Q "Fee Address" indication (or "Fee Address" Indication form 
PTO/SB/47; Rev 03-02 or more recent) attached. Use of a Customer 
Number is required. 



2. For printing on the patent front page, list 

(1) the names of up to 3 registered patent attorneys 
or agents OR, alternatively, 

(2) the name of a single firm (having as a member a 
registered attorney or agent) and the names of up to 
2 registered patent attorneys or agents. If no name is 
listed, no name will be printed. 



3. ASSIGNEE NAME AND RESIDENCE DATA TO BE PRINTED ON THE PATENT (print or type) 

PLEASE NOTE: Unless an assignee is identified below, no assignee data will appear on the patent If an assignee is identified below, the document has been filed for 
recordation as set forth in 37 CFR 3.11. Completion of this form is NOT a substitute for filing an assignment. 



(A) NAME OF ASSIGNEE 



(B) RESIDENCE: (CITY and STATE OR COUNTRY) 



Please check the appropriate assignee category or categories (will not be printed on the patent) : Q Individual Q Corporation or other private group entity Q Government 
4a. The following fee(s) are enclosed: 4b. Payment of Fee(s): ™- 

□ Issue Fee □ A check in the amount of the fee(s) is enclosed. 

G Publication Fee (No small entity discount permitted) □ Payment by credit card. Form PTO-2038 is attached. 



Q Advance Order - # of Copies 



□ The Director is hereby authorized by charge the required fee(s), or credit any overpayment, to 
Deposit Account Number (enclose an extra copy of this form). 



5. Change in Entity Status (from status indicated above) 

□ a. Applicant claims SMALL ENTITY status. See 37 CFR 1.27. 



□ b. Applicant is no longer claiming SMALL ENTITY status. See 37 CFR 1 .27(g)(2). 



The Director of the USPTO is requested to apply the Issue Fee and Publication Fee (if any) or to re-apply any previously paid issue fee to the application identified above. 
NOTE: The Issue Fee and Publication Fee (if required) will not be accepted from anyone other than toe applicant; a registered attorney or agent or the assignee or other p£ 
interest as shown by the records of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 



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Authorized Signature 



Date 



Typed or printed name _ 



Registration No. _ 



This collection of information is required by 37 CFR 1 .3 1 1 . The information is required to obtain or retain a benefit by the public which is to file (and by the USPTO to process) 
an application. Confidentiality is governed by 35 U.S.C. 122 and 37 CFR 1.14. This collection is estimated to take 12 minutes to complete, including gathering, preparing, and 
submitting the completed application form to the USPTO. Time will vary depending upon the individual case. Any comments on the amount of time you require to complete 
this form and/or suggestions for reducing this burden, should be sent to toe Chief Information Officer, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Department ofCommerceT O 
Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313-1450. DO NOT SEND FEES OR COMPLETED FORMS TO THIS ADDRESS. SEND TO: Commissioner for Patents, P O Box H50* 
Alexandria, Virginia 223 1 J- 1450. 

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United States Patent and Trademark Office 



UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
United States Patent and Trademark Office 
Address: COMMISSIONER FOR PATENTS 
P.O. Box 1450 

Alexandria, Virginia 223 13-1450 
www.uspto.gov 



APPLICATION NO. 



FILING DATE 



FIRST NAMED INVENTOR 



| ATTORNEY DOCKET NO. | CONFIRMATION NO. 



10/735,324 



12/12/2003 



Sheng-Hua Chen 



24504 7590 01/19/2006 

THOMAS, KAYDEN, HORSTEMEYER & RISLEY, LLP 

100 GALLERIA PARKWAY, NW 

STE1750 

ATLANTA, GA 30339-5948 



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250606-1030 



2265 



EXAMINER 



DANG, ROBERT TRONG 



ART UNIT 



PAPER NUMBER 



2838 



DATE MAILED: 01/19/2006 



Determination of Patent Term Adjustment under 35 U.S«C 154 (b) 
(application filed on or after May 29, 2000) 

The Patent Term Adjustment to date is 341 day(s). If the issue fee is paid on the date that is three months after the 
mailing date of this notice and the patent issues on the Tuesday before the date that is 28 weeks (six and a half 
months) after the mailing date of this notice, the Patent Term Adjustment will be 341 day(s). 

If a Continued Prosecution Application (CPA) was filed in the above-identified application, the filing date that 
determines Patent Term Adjustment is the filing date of the most recent CPA. 

Applicant will be able to obtain more detailed information by accessing the Patent Application Information Retrieval 
(PAIR) WEB site (http://pair.uspto.gov). 

Any questions regarding the Patent Term Extension or Adjustment determination should be directed to the Office of 
Patent Legal Administration at (571) 272-7702. Questions relating to issue and publication fee payments should be 
directed to the Customer Service Center of the Office of Patent Publication at (703) 305-8283 . 



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