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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                     written for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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 PHILIP VINOD, SEAL SUDIPTA,                                       
                               FEI WEIFENG and SHUKLA SATYAJIT                                           
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                                           Appeal 2007-1177                                              
                                        Application 10/733,740                                           
                                        Technology Center 1700                                           
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                                        Decided:  May 16, 2007                                           
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               Before EDWARD C. KIMLIN, CHARLES F. WARREN, and                                           
               CATHERINE Q. TIMM, Administrative Patent Judges.                                          
               KIMLIN, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                      

                                        DECISION ON APPEAL                                               
                     This is an appeal from the final rejection of claims 1-23, 25, and 26.              
               Claims 1 and 5 are illustrative:                                                          
                     1. A method of applying a zirconia-based porous thermal barrier                     
               coating, the method comprising:                                                           
                     selecting a composite powder comprising an unbound homogeneous                      
               mixture of a first constituent comprising stabilized zirconia particles and a             
                                                                                                        



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