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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                                     for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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 MARK J. BEITZ et al.                                                 
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                                                 Appeal 2007-0517                                                        
                                              Application 10/768,6471                                                    
                                              Technology Center 1700                                                     
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                                                 Decided: March 28, 2007                                                 
              Before TORCZON, LANE, and TIERNEY, Administrative Patent Judges.                                           
              TIERNEY, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                      
                                             DECISION ON APPEAL                                                          
                                           STATEMENT OF THE CASE                                                         
                     Applicant appeals from a final rejection of claims 1 to 12 under 35 U.S.C.                          
               134 (2002).  We have jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C.  6(b) (2002).                                         
                     Applicant’s claimed subject matter generally relates to a process of                                
              manufacturing absorbent materials.  Typically, personal care absorbent articles are                        
              formed from a web or ribbon of fibrous absorbent material that is provided to a                            
              machine as a wound roll or coil.  To prevent interruption of the processing                                
                                                                                                                        
              1 Application filed January 30, 2004.  The real party in interest is Kimberly-Clark                        
              Worldwide, Inc.                                                                                            



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