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                                  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                         journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 31                         
                                    UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                 
                                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                  
                                                        AND INTERFERENCES                                                                     
                              Ex parte C. A. TONY BUFFINGTON, JOHN V. MAUTERER                                                                
                                                        and SARAH K. ABOOD                                                                    
                                                        Appeal No. 96-3544                                                                    
                                                Application No. 08/296,8561                                                                   
                                                                ON BRIEF                                                                      
                Before LYDDANE, McQUADE, and NASE, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                              
                NASE, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                            

                                                        DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                    
                         This is a decision on appeal from the examiner's final                                                               
                rejection of claims 5 through 8 and 11.  Claims 9 and 10 have                                                                 
                been withdrawn from consideration as being drawn to a nonelected                                                              
                invention pursuant to the provisions of 37 CFR  1.142(b).                                                                    
                Claims 1 through 4 have been canceled.                                                                                        

                         1Application for patent filed August 26, 1994. According to                                                          
                the appellants, the application is a continuation of Application                                                              
                No. 08/037,034, filed March 25, 1993, now abandoned.                                                                          

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