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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                                     is not binding precedent of the Board.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                                                   
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                                                 Ex parte                                                   
                 MATTHEW M. GRAF, DAVID A. DREWES, JR., and SCOTT E. EELS                                   
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                                            Appeal 2007-2018                                                
                                          Application 09/810,377                                            
                                         Technology Center 3700                                             
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                                          Decided July 18, 2007                                             
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               Before TONI R. SCHEINER, DONALD E. ADAMS, and ERIC GRIMES,                                   
               Administrative Patent Judges.                                                                
               GRIMES, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                         


                                         DECISION ON APPEAL                                                 
                      This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 involving claims to a catheter                
               introducer sheath.  The Examiner has rejected the claims as obvious.  We                     
               have jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C.  6(b).  We affirm.                                        
                                             BACKGROUND                                                     
                      According to the Specification:                                                       
                      An introducer sheath is utilized in the percutaneous placement                        
                      of a guide wire or catheter into a blood vessel, and comprises a                      




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