Ex Parte Bicek 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                                      is not binding precedent of the Board.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 ANDREW D. BICEK and                                             
                                          TIMOTHY S. GIRTON                                                  
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                                             Appeal 2007-2563                                                
                                          Application 10/058,640                                             
                                         Technology Center 3700                                              
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                                          Decided: July 19, 2007                                             
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                Before DONALD E. ADAMS, LORA M. GREEN, and RICHARD M.                                        
                LEBOVITZ, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                      
                LEBOVITZ, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                       
                                         DECISION ON APPEAL                                                  
                      This is a decision on appeal from the final rejection of 1, 2, 4, 5, 8-11,             
                13, 14, and 17.  We have jurisdiction under 35 U.S.C.  6(b).  We reverse.                   

                                         STATEMENT OF CASE                                                   
                      The claims are directed to stents having a serpentine pattern.  Claims                 
                1-4, 5, 7-14, 16, and 17-22 are pending (Br. 2).  Claims 3, 7, 12, and 16 are                
                withdrawn from consideration (Br. 2).  The Examiner withdrew the rejection                   
                of claims 18-22 in the Answer (Answer 3).  Claims 1, 2, 4, 5, 8-11, 13, 14,                  




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