Ex Parte Fletcher et al - Page 1



                              This opinion is not binding precedent of the Board.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 FURUKAWA ELECTRIC NORTH AMERICA, INC.                                              
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                                               Appeal 2007-2176                                                    
                                            Application 10/309,852                                                 
                                            Technology Center 1700                                                 
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                                            Decided: July 17, 2007                                                 
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                Before JAMESON LEE, RICHARD TORCZON, and                                                           
                SALLY C. MEDLEY, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                     
                TORCZON, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                              

                                           DECISION ON APPEAL                                                      
                       The technical subject matter of this appeal is methods of drawing an                        
                optical fiber, and methods of assembling and preparing a preform for use in                        
                drawing an optical fiber.  The examiner has rejected claims 17 and 20-24                           
                under 35 U.S.C.  102(e) as anticipated by prior art.1  The appellant                              
                (Furukawa) seeks review of the rejection.  We affirm.                                              

                                                                                                                  
                1 The examiner withdrew a separate rejection for indefiniteness under                              
                35 U.S.C.  112(2).  Examiner's Answer (Ans.) 3.                                                   



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