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                    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                            for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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 GREGORY C. SKINNER                                         
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                                          Appeal 2007-0392                                            
                                       Application 10/427,733                                         
                                      Technology Center 3700                                          
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                                             ON BRIEF                                                 
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              Before MILLS, GRIMES, and LEBOVITZ, Administrative Patent Judges.                       
              GRIMES, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                    


                                      DECISION ON APPEAL                                              
                    This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 involving claims to adjustable            
              dental impression trays.  The Examiner has rejected the claims as being                 
              anticipated and obvious.  We have jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C.  6(b).  We              
              affirm.                                                                                 
                                          BACKGROUND                                                  
                    The Specification discloses that, in preparation for dental work, “an             
              impression is often used to create an imprint or negative likeness of the               
              teeth.”  (Specification 1.)  Dental impressions are typically made “by placing          




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