Ex Parte Pickar - 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                               for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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 JAMES H. PICKAR                                                 
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                                               Appeal 2006-3012                                                   
                                            Application 09/808,878                                                
                                            Technology Center 1600                                                
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                                         HEARD December 14, 2006                                                  
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                Before MILLS, GRIMES, and LINCK, Administrative Patent Judges.                                    
                GRIMES, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                              


                                           DECISION ON APPEAL                                                     
                       This appeal involves claims to a hormone replacement therapy for                           
                menopausal women, which the examiner has rejected as obvious.  We have                            
                jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C.  134.  We affirm.                                                   
                                               BACKGROUND                                                         
                       As “estrogens decline during the time preceding (perimenopause) and                        
                following the menopause (postmenopause), various physiological changes                            
                may result, including . . . vasomotor instability manifested as hot flushes.”                     





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