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        1             The opinion in support of the decision being entered today was                      
        2          not written for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.                 
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        5              UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                          
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        7                                                                                                 
        8                   BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                            
        9                               AND INTERFERENCES                                                 
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       11                                                                                                 
       12                          Ex parte ANDREW T. METZGER                                             
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       15                                Appeal No. 2006-3390                                             
       16                              Application No. 10/441,783                                         
       17                               Technology Center 3600                                            
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       20                                Decided: May 31, 2007                                            
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       22                                                                                                 
       22 Before TERRY J. OWENS, STUART S. LEVY, and ROBERT E. NAPPI,                                     
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       23 Administrative Patent Judges.                                                                   
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       25                                                                                                 
       25 OWENS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                             
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       28                                                                                                 
       29                               DECISION ON APPEAL                                                
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       31         The Appellant appeals from a rejection of claims 1, 2, 5, 12, 13, 15 and 21.            
       32   The other pending claims, i.e., claims 9-11, 16, 17 and 20, stand allowable.                  
       33                                  THE INVENTION                                                  
       34         The Appellant claims a zipper slide formed as a single, unitary piece                   
       35   (claims 1, 2, 5, 12, 13, 15) or a unitary piece (claim 21) with a zipper guard.               
       36   Claims 1 and 21 are illustrative:                                                             




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