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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                          for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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 JOOST VAN NEERVEN                                     
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                                       Appeal 2007-1070                                        
                                     Application 09/467,901                                    
                                    Technology Center 1600                                     
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                                     Decided: May 22, 2007                                     
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             Before DONALD E. ADAMS, DEMETRA J. MILLS, and RICHARD M.                          
             LEBOVITZ, Administrative Patent Judges.                                           
             LEBOVITZ, Administrative Patent Judge.                                            

                                    DECISION ON APPEAL                                         
                   This is a decision on appeal from the final rejection of claims 1-6, 8-     
             14, and 16-23.  We have jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C.  6(b).  We affirm.          

                                    STATEMENT OF CASE                                          
                   CD23 and FcεRI were known in the prior art to be the biological             
             receptors for IgE antibody (Specification 4: 16 to 5: 15).  The claimed           
             invention relates to methods of using these known biological receptors to         
             detect IgE antibody in a sample.                                                  




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