Ex parte JOSEPH R. LAIA JR., 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                         journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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                                                                 
                                          BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                  
                                                        AND INTERFERENCES                                                                     
                  Ex parte JOSEPH R. LAIA JR., DAVID W. CARROLL, MITCHELL TRKULA,                                                             
                                     WALLACE E. ANDERSON and STEVEN M. VALONE                                                                 
                                                        Appeal No. 94-3447                                                                    
                                                    Application 07/864,7251                                                                   
                                                                ON BRIEF                                                                      
                Before KIMLIN, JOHN D. SMITH and WEIFFENBACH, Administrative                                                                  
                Patent Judges.                                                                                                                
                KIMLIN, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                          

                                                        DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                    
                         This is an appeal from the final rejection of claims 1-18.                                                           
                Claims 19 and 20, the other claims remaining in the present                                                                   
                application, stand withdrawn from consideration.  Claims 1, 2, 3                                                              
                and 11 are illustrative:                                                                                                      
                         1.  A process for coating a substrate with diamond                                                                   

                         1Application for patent filed April 7, 1992.                                                                         

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