Ex Parte Hardwick - 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                         for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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 JAMES N. HARDWICK                                              
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                                            Appeal 2007-11241                                                
                                          Application 10/349,639                                             
                                          Technology Center 1700                                             
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                                          Decided: May 21, 2007                                              
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                Before CATHERINE Q. TIMM, JEFFREY T. SMITH, and LINDA M.                                     
                GAUDETTE, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                      
                GAUDETTE, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                       


                                         DECISION ON APPEAL                                                  
                      This is an appeal from the Examiner’s final rejection of claims 24-38,                 
                the only claims pending in this application.  We have jurisdiction over the                  
                appeal pursuant to 35 U.S.C.  6(b).                                                         
                      Appellant's invention relates to vinyl tiles for use as surface coverings.             
                The individual tiles are routed and mechanically embossed on two adjacent                    
                                                                                                            
                1 An oral hearing was held on May 9, 2007.                                                   



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