Ex Parte Wollenberg 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                           The opinion in support of the decision being entered today is not binding                                
                                                    precedent of the Board.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                                                         
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                                        BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                          
                                                    AND INTERFERENCES                                                               
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                                             Ex parte ROBERT H. WOLLENBERG                                                          
                                                    And THOMAS J. BALK                                                              
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                                                      Appeal No. 2007-0495                                                          
                                                   Application No. 10/699,5101                                                      
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                                                            ON BRIEF                                                                
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                   Before McKELVEY, Senior Administrative Patent Judge, and HANLON and TIERNEY,                                     
                   Administrative Patent Judges.                                                                                    
                   HANLON, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                             

                                                  STATEMENT OF CASE                                                                 
                           Appellants appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from a final rejection of claims 1 to 37.                        
                   We have jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C.  6(b).                                                                     
                           Appellants’ invention is directed to high throughput preparation of lubricating oil                      
                   compositions for combinatorial libraries.                                                                        
                           Claims 1 and 23 are the claims at issue in this appeal.2  They read as follows:                          
                                  1.  A method for preparing a plurality of different lubricant oil                                 
                           formulations comprising:                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                   
                   1 Application 10/699,510 was filed on October 31, 2003.  The real party in interest is                           
                   Chevron Oronite Company LLC.                                                                                     
                   2 Claims 1 and 23 are the only independent claims under appeal.                                                  




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