Ex Parte Horino 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                                        is not binding precedent of the Board.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                                                       
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                             Ex parte MASAAKIRA HORINO, MIWA OHARA,                                                
                                 KATSUKI OGAWA and SADAKI TAKATA                                                   
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                                               Appeal 2006-3082                                                    
                                            Application 10/372,669                                                 
                                           Technology Center 1600                                                  
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                                          Decided: September 7, 2007                                               
                                                  __________                                                       
                Before TONI R. SCHEINER, DONALD E. ADAMS, and RICHARD M.                                           
                LEBOVITZ,  Administrative Patent Judges.                                                           
                LEBOVITZ, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                             
                                           DECISION ON APPEAL                                                      
                       This is a decision on appeal from the final rejection of claims 2-24.                       
                We have jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C.  6(b).  We affirm.                                           

                                           STATEMENT OF CASE                                                       
                       The claims in this appeal are directed to a composite powder                                
                comprising a “powdery base” and aluminum hydroxide.  The aluminum                                  
                hydroxide is adhered to the surface of the powdery base.  The powder                               
                comprises “a formation of spherically shaped particles and mesh-like                               




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