Ex parte ROBIN B. SOMERVILLE, et al. - Page 2




          Appeal No. 95-1668                                                          
          Application 07/948,089                                                      


               14. A method of preparing a high heating value fuel product            
          comprising the steps of:                                                    
               blending a high heating value waste material with a sewage             
          sludge, said waste material having a hydrocarbon-containing                 
          material having a heating value of greater than 7000 BTU, said              
          sewage sludge being between 10 and 50% of a weight of said waste            
          material, said sewage sludge being a product of a secondary                 
          treatment system of a sewage processing plant;                              
               adding a lime-containing substance to the blend of said                
          waste material and said sewage sludge; and                                  
               forming the blended mixture into a form suitable for                   
          handling.                                                                   

                                   THE REFERENCES                                     
          von Porten                        1,572,909     Feb. 16, 1926               
          Somerville et al. (Somerville)    4,875,905     Oct. 24, 1989               
                                    THE REJECTION                                     
               Claims 1 and 3-18 stand rejected under 35 U.S.C.  103 as              
          being unpatentable over Somerville in view of von Porten.                   


                                       OPINION                                        
               We have carefully considered all of the arguments advanced             
          by appellants and the examiner and agree with appellants that the           
          aforementioned rejection is not well founded.  Accordingly, this            
          rejection will be reversed.                                                 
               Appellants’ invention as it is most broadly recited in claim           
          14 is a method for preparing a high heating value product by                

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