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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                 publication in a law journal and (2) is not binding precedent of the Board.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. 20                                 
                                      UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE                                                                         
                                            BEFORE THE BOARD OF PATENT APPEALS                                                                          
                                                            AND INTERFERENCES                                                                           
                                                     Ex parte CRAIG S. SLAVTCHEFF                                                                       
                                                              Appeal No. 95-3981                                                                        
                                                            Application 08/099,8801                                                                     
                                                                     ON BRIEF                                                                           
                 Before STONER, Chief Administrative Patent Judge, and WINTERS and WILLIAM F.                                                           
                 SMITH, Administrative Patent Judges.                                                                                                   
                 WILLIAM F. SMITH, Administrative Patent Judge.                                                                                         
                                                            DECISION ON APPEAL                                                                          
                          This is an appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from the final rejection of claims 1, 4, 5,                                           
                 7, and 8.  Subsequently, the examiner withdrew the rejection of claims 4 and 5                                                         
                 indicating that these claims would be allowable if placed in independent form.  This                                                   
                 leaves claims 1, 7, and 8 for our consideration.                                                                                       
                          Claim 1 is illustrative of the subject matter on appeal and reads as follows:                                                 

                          1Application for patent filed July 30, 1993.                                                                                  

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