Ex Parte Ashmore et al - Page 1




                        UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                            
                                          ____________________                                               
                             BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                              
                                         AND INTERFERENCES                                                   
                                          ____________________                                               
                                       Ex parte PAUL ASHMORE,                                                
                           MICHAEL HUW FRANCIS, AND SIMON WALSH                                              
                                          ____________________                                               
                                             Appeal 2007-1352                                                
                                          Application 10/406,1271                                            
                                          Technology Center 2100                                             
                                          ____________________                                               
                                        Decided: October 17, 2007                                            
                                          ____________________                                               
                Before LEE E. BARRETT, ALLEN R. MACDONALD,                                                   
                and SCOTT R. BOALICK, Administrative Patent Judges.                                          
                BOALICK, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                        


                                         DECISION ON APPEAL                                                  
                      This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134(a) from the final rejection of                 
                claims 1-16, all the claims pending in the application.  We have jurisdiction                
                under 35 U.S.C.  6(b).                                                                      
                      We affirm.                                                                             


                                                                                                            
                1  Application filed April 3, 2003.  The real party in interest is International             
                Business Machines Corporation.                                                               




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