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                 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                 written for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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                                  
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                              BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                     
                                        AND INTERFERENCES                                            
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                                    Ex parte KEVIN A. O’DEA                                          
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                                      Appeal No. 2006-2012                                           
                                   Application No. 10/408,875                                        
                                     Technology Center 3600                                          
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                                             ON BRIEF                                                
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           Before OWENS, BAHR and FETTING, Administrative Patent Judges.                             
           OWENS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                       

                                       DECISION ON APPEAL                                            
                 This appeal is from a rejection of claims 1-7, 9-17 and 19-                         
           25, which are all of the pending claims.                                                  
                                          THE INVENTION                                              
                 The appellant claims a method, computer readable medium and                         
           system for controlling a motor vehicle’s braking system when a                            
           “coefficient condition”, i.e., a split coefficient surface                                
           condition, exists.1  Claim 1 is illustrative:                                             
                       A method of controlling a brake system of a vehicle,                          

                                                                                                    
           1 The appellant’s specification states that “[a] split coefficient road                   
           surface is one where the coefficient of friction on one side of the vehicle is            
           significantly different than that on the other side.  A road with ice or snow             
           partially covering its surface is an example of a split coefficient road                  
           surface” (page 1, lines 13-15).                                                           




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