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                         The opinion in support of the decision being entered today                           
                                   is not binding precedent of the Board.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                                                    
                                            ________________                                                  
                         Ex parte HAO A. CHEN and NATHAN W. EASTERDAY                                         
                                            ________________                                                  
                                             Appeal 2007-1262                                                 
                                          Application 10/697,532                                              
                                          Technology Center 1772                                              
                                            ________________                                                  
                                          Decided:  June 13, 2007                                             
                                            ________________                                                  
                Before EDWARD C. KIMLIN, BRADLEY R. GARRIS, and                                               
                CHUNG K. PAK, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                   
                GARRIS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                          

                                         DECISION ON APPEAL                                                   
                      We AFFIRM.                                                                              
                      This is a decision on an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the final                    
                rejection of claims 1-39.  We have jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C.  6.                          
                      The Appellants invented a surface covering panel and a method of                        
                making such a panel.  The panel comprises a support layer 1, a base coating                   
                2 having a textured surface 3 on top of the support layer, a printed pattern 4                

                                                                                                             



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