Ex Parte Molas et al - Page 1


                          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                                 for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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 JORGE HORACIA MOLAS,                                             
                                         FRANZ ASCHENBRENNER,                                                   
                                          HOLGER GERLACH, and                                                   
                                            MELANIE HUFNAGEL                                                    
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                                            Appeal No.  2007-0752                                               
                                          Application No. 09/957,109                                            
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                                                  ON BRIEF                                                      
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                Before SCHEINER, ADAMS and GRIMES, Administrative Patent Judges.                                
                ADAMS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                             



                                            DECISION ON APPEAL                                                  
                       This is a decision on the appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the                          
                examiner’s final rejection of claims 1, 2, and 4-19, which are all the claims                   
                pending in the application.                                                                     
                       Claims 1, 2, 4, 7 and 11 are illustrative of the subject matter on appeal and            
                are reproduced below:                                                                           
                       1. A convertible pantiliner including a liner, a baffle and an absorbent                 
                       core therebetween, said pantilinter further comprising at least one                      
                       embossed fold line defining a central area and two periphery side areas,                 
                       said central area having two longitudinal ends, with a first longitudinal end            
                       being wider than the said second longitudinal end, and wherein said                      
                       pantiliner may be adjusted in size depending on panty size, by folding said              




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