Ex Parte Birk et al - Page 1



                 The opinion in support of the decision being entered today is not binding                  
                                          precedent of the Board.                                           

                       UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                            
                                              ____________                                                  
                             BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                             
                                         AND INTERFERENCES                                                  
                                              ____________                                                  
                           Ex parte UZI BIRK and HANS MARTIN SJOLUND                                        
                                              ____________                                                  
                                            Appeal 2006-2786                                                
                                          Application 10/240,329                                            
                                         Technology Center 3600                                             
                                              ____________                                                  
                                          Decided: June 27, 2007                                            
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               Before BRADLEY R. GARRIS, THOMAS A. WALTZ and                                                
               LINDA M. GAUDETTE, Administrative Patent Judges.                                             
               GARRIS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                         
                                         DECISION ON APPEAL                                                 
                      Appellants appeal the final rejection of claims 1, 3-5, 7-9, and 11-23                
               under 35 U.S.C.  134.  We have jurisdiction over the appeal pursuant to                     
               35 U.S.C.  6(b).                                                                            
                      We AFFIRM.                                                                            

                                               INTRODUCTION                                                 
                      Appellants invented a method and apparatus for separating foremilk in                 
               an automatic milking process (claims 1 and 9; Specification 2).  Appellants’                 




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