Ex Parte Subramanyan 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                                   for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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 KRISHNA K. SUBRAMANYAN, JOSEPH R. FARYNIARZ, and                                                       
                                                    JOANNA H. ZHANG                                                                
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                                                      Appeal 2006-3151                                                             
                                                   Application 10/767,679                                                          
                                                  Technology Center 1600                                                           
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                                                          ON BRIEF                                                                 
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                   Before ADAMS, GRIMES, and GREEN, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                  
                   GRIMES, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                            


                                                 DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                
                          This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 involving claims to a personal                                   
                   care composition comprising a terpenoid.  The Examiner has rejected the                                         
                   claims as obvious.  We have jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C.  6(b).  We affirm.                                    
                                                      BACKGROUND                                                                   
                          The building block of a terpene is isoprene, which has the following                                     
                   structure:  CH2=C(CH3)-CH=CH2.  Hydrocarbon terpenes therefore have the                                         
                   molecular formula (C5H8)n.  (Specification 1.)   The term “terpenoid”                                           




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