Ex Parte Skinner et al - Page 1



                      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                             for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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 CHARLES E. SKINNER, YUNG K. KIM,                                       
                                     and WILLIAM H. CAMPBELL                                               
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                                          Appeal No. 2006-2710                                             
                                       Application No. 10/458,114                                          
                                         Technology Center 1700                                            
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                                               ON BRIEF                                                    
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               Before ADAMS, GRIMES, and LEBOVITZ, Administrative Patent Judges.                           
               GRIMES, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                        


                                        DECISION ON APPEAL                                                 
                      This appeal involves a claim to an alkylated amine functional                        
               macromolecule.  The Examiner has rejected this claim as obvious.  We have                   
               jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C.  134.  We affirm.                                             
                                            BACKGROUND                                                     
                      Macromolecules include dendrimers and hyperbranched polymers.                        
               “Dendrimers are . . . globular, nano-scale macromolecules consisting of two                 
               or more tree-like dendrons, emanating from a single central atom or atomic                  




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