Ex Parte McAuliffe et al - Page 1



                        The opinion in support of the decision being entered today is                         
                                     not binding precedent of the Board.                                      

                        UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                             
                                               ____________                                                   
                             BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                               
                                         AND INTERFERENCES                                                    
                                               ____________                                                   
                       Ex parte CHRISTOPHER MCAULIFFE, CRAIG M. BEERS,                                        
                                          and THOMAS ZYWIAK                                                   
                                               ____________                                                   
                                             Appeal 2007-1420                                                 
                                           Application 10/992,431                                             
                                          Technology Center 2800                                              
                                               ____________                                                   
                                         Decided: August 21, 2007                                             
                                               ____________                                                   

                Before JAMES D. THOMAS, KENNETH W. HAIRSTON,                                                  
                and JOSEPH L. DIXON, Administrative Patent Judges.                                            
                THOMAS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                          


                                         DECISION ON APPEAL                                                   
                      While this appeal involves claims 1 through 3, 10, and 17, the                          
                Examiner has allowed claims 4 through 9, and 18 through 20.   We have                         
                jurisdiction for decision on this appeal under 35 U.S.C.  6(b) and 134(a).                  







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