Ex parte JAMES L. HEDRICK 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                        journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 26                        

                                   UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                            
                                        BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                              
                                                      AND INTERFERENCES                                                                 
                                 Ex parte JAMES L. HEDRICK, DONALD C. HOFER,                                                            
                      JEFFREY W. LABADIE, ROBERT B. PRIME and THOMAS P. RUSSELL                                                         
                                                     Appeal No. 95-0318                                                                 
                                                 Application 08/031,0461                                                                
                                                             ON BRIEF                                                                   
                Before KIMLIN, JOHN D. SMITH and WALTZ, Administrative Patent                                                           
                KIMLIN, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                    
                                                     DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                 
                        This is an appeal from the final rejection of claims 13-15,                                                     
                17 and 23, all the claims remaining in the present application.                                                         
                Claim 13 is illustrative:                                                                                               
                13. A process for forming a foamed polymer having a pore size                                                           
                less than about 1000D  comprising the steps of:                                                                         
                        a. forming a copolymer of a matrix polymer and a thermally                                                      
                              decomposable polymer which thermally decomposes at a                                                      

                        1Application for patent filed March 11, 1993.  According                                                        
                to appellants, this application is a continuation of Application                                                        
                07/759,022, filed September 13, 1991, now abandoned.                                                                    

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