Ex parte ROBERT E. FONTANA, et al. - Page 1




                                  THIS OPINION WAS NOT WRITTEN FOR PUBLICATION                                                                
                The opinion in support of the decision being entered today (1)                                                                
                was not written for publication in a law journal and (2) is not                                                               
                binding precedent of the Board.                                                                                               

                                                                                                    Paper No. 20                              

                                    UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                 
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                                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                  
                                                        AND INTERFERENCES                                                                     
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                                             Ex parte ROBERT E. FONTANA, JR.                                                                  
                                                        CHERNGYE HWANG,                                                                       
                                                         VLAD J. NOVOTNY,                                                                     
                                                      TIMOTHY C. REILEY,                                                                      
                                                    CELIA E. YEACK-SCRANTON                                                                   
                                                     and CLINTON D. SNYDER                                                                    
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                                                        Appeal No. 96-2513                                                                    
                                                    Application 08/037,0641                                                                   
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                                                                ON BRIEF                                                                      
                                                          _______________                                                                     
                Before URYNOWICZ, THOMAS and LEE, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                               
                LEE, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                             

                                                        DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                    

                         This is a decision on appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the                                                          
                examiner's final rejection of claims 1-8, 12-14, 23-26 and 29-31                                                              



                         1Application for patent filed March 25, 1993.                                                                        

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