Ex Parte Ruman 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                  The opinion in support of the decision being entered today is not binding                      
                                            precedent of the Board.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 MARCILLE F. RUMAN, LINDSAY C. SHELLEY,                                          
                                        and KATHLEEN I. RATLIFF                                                  
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                                              Appeal 2007-2292                                                   
                                            Application 10/038,796                                               
                                           Technology Center 3700                                                
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                                            Decided: July 27, 2007                                               
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                Before BRADLEY R. GARRIS, CHARLES F. WARREN, and                                                 
                PETER F. KRATZ, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                    
                KRATZ, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                              
                                           DECISION ON APPEAL                                                    
                This is a decision on an appeal from the Examiner’s non-final                                    
                rejection of claims 17-19, 25, 27, 30, and 31, the only claims that remain                       
                pending in this application.  Application claims have been twice rejected.                       
                We have jurisdiction pursuant to 35 U.S.C.  6 and 134.                                         
                       Appellants present an invention directed to a method for securing                         
                engagement of hook and loop fastener components of a personal wear article                       
                such as a diaper or incontinence garment.  Appellants indicate that common                       




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