Ex Parte Ratcliff - 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                           for publication and is not binding precedent of the Board.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 RAYMOND F. RATCLIFF III                                                 
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                                                Appeal 2007-1302                                                      
                                              Application 09/818,003                                                  
                                             Technology Center 2100                                                   
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                                              Decided: May 22, 2007                                                   
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                 Before JAMES D. THOMAS, JOSEPH L. DIXON, and                                                         
                 JEAN R. HOMERE, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                        
                 THOMAS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                 


                                            DECISION ON APPEAL                                                        
                        This appeal involves claims 1 through 41 and 45 through 52, claims                            
                 42 through 44 having been canceled by Appellant.  We have jurisdiction                               
                 under 35 U.S.C.  6(b) and 134(a).  An oral hearing on this appeal occurred                         
                 on May 9, 2007.                                                                                      
                        As best representative of the broadest version of the disclosed and                           
                 claimed invention, independent claim 1 is reproduced below:                                          




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