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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                          for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board                             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                                                
                                                 __________                                                     
                            BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                  
                                          AND INTERFERENCES                                                     
                                                 __________                                                     
                               Ex parte MELVIN J. SWANSON, CARVER,                                              
                               PATRICK E. GUIRE and EDEN PRAIRE 1                                               
                                                 ________________                                               

                                              Appeal 2007-0725                                                  
                                          Reexamination 90/006,785                                              
                                              Patent 5,073,484                                                  
                                          Technology Center 1641                                                
                                                 __________                                                     
                                           Decided: May 29, 2007                                                
                                                 __________                                                     
                Before CAROL A. SPIEGEL, SALLY GARDNER LANE, and                                                
                MICHAEL P. TIERNEY, Administrative Patent Judges.                                               
                LANE, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                              


                                          DECISION ON APPEAL                                                    
                I. Statement of the case                                                                        

                                                                                                                
                1  According to Patentee, the real party in interest is Surmodics, Inc., the                    
                owner of the patent.  Abbott Laboratories is said to be an exclusive licensee                   
                (Appeal Brief (Br.) at 3).                                                                      




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