Ex Parte Birk 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                                        is not binding precedent of the Board.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                                                         
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                                 BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                          
                                               AND INTERFERENCES                                                             
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                             Ex parte HOLGER BIRK and JOHANN ENGELHARDT                                                      
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                                                   Appeal 2007-1710                                                          
                                                Application 10/098,016                                                       
                                                Technology Center 2800                                                       
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                                             Decided: September 26, 2007                                                     
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                  Before JAMES D. THOMAS, KENNETH W. HAIRSTON, and ROBERT                                                    
                  E. NAPPI, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                                    
                  NAPPI, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                        
                                                                                                                            
                                               DECISION ON APPEAL                                                            
                         This is a decision on appeal under 35 U.S.C.  6(b) (2002) of the final                             
                  rejection of claims 1 through 21.  For the reasons stated infra, we affirm in                              
                  part the Examiner’s rejections of these claims.                                                            









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