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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                                   today is not binding precedent of the Board.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                                                    
                                                  _____________                                                        
                                BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                     
                                             AND INTERFERENCES                                                         
                                                  _____________                                                        
                              Ex parte JOHN HATHAWAY and DALE TAYLOR                                                   
                                                  _____________                                                        
                                                 Appeal 2007-2873                                                      
                                              Application 09/800,793                                                   
                                             Technology Center 3700                                                    
                                                   ____________                                                        
                                             Decided: October 3, 2007                                                  
                                                 _______________                                                       
                 Before TERRY J. OWENS, MURRIEL E. CRAWFORD, and                                                       
                 JOSEPH A. FISCHETTI, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                    
                 OWENS, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                   


                                             DECISION ON APPEAL                                                        
                        The Appellants appeal from a rejection of claims 3-14.  Claims 1 and                           
                 2 have been canceled.                                                                                 
                                                 THE INVENTION                                                         
                        The Appellants claim a plastic closure having both 1) parting line                             
                 flash or surface mismatch, and 2) at least one annular sealing band for                               
                 engaging a gasket.  Claim 9 is illustrative:                                                          





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